Alcorn State University
July 27, 2010
Nursing is more than just simply a career. Nursing is a calling from a higher power. I chose to be a nurse for several different reasons. My uncle was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in (date). The care and compassion shown to my uncle put nursing in another perspective for me. The feelings of care and comfort my family received during this tragic time had a strong impact on my decision to become a nurse. I decided that I wanted to make the lives of sick individuals, as well as their families, less stressful. I decided that I wanted to become a nurse. Person
All clients should receive care that is based on the individual; the care of the person is one of the core concepts of nursing. A core mission that I like to follow as a professional nurse is based on Huber's text, Leadership and Nursing Case Management. Huber (2006) states, "nursing is a service profession whose core mission is the care and nurturing of human beings in their experiences of health and illness" (p. 3). It is my opinion that nursing care should be given to an individual regardless of race, color, creed, or cultural beliefs. My belief is reinforced by Hood and Leddy's (2006) statement that "effective nursing care includes meeting special cultural care needs of clients" (p. 292). Environment
Environment is essential in the well-being of all cultures. Consideration of the environment is also crucial to the practice of holistic nursing. Leiniger and McFarland (2006) stated, "holistic dimensions of environment go beyond commonly focused biophysical and emotional foci used by nurses, and to broad areas of grasping living and caring settings" (p. 10). Thus, it is important to obtain, understand, and include all aspects of a client's environment when providing care. Health
Health is another important aspect to the philosophy of nursing. It is also included in the holistic approach of nursing. Venes and Thomas (2001) define health as "a condition in which all functions of the mind are normally active" (p. 892). In my opinion, health means much more than the functioning of the mind. Health is not only being free of disease, but also being physically, mentally, and socially well. Physical health of clients can be promoted by ensuring all clients receive adequate exercise and the proper medications. In addition to physical health, an equally important aspect of wellbeing is mental health. Therefore, to properly maintain health, it is imperative for nurses to assess both the physical and mental health of clients. An example of assessing health could be analyzing verbal and nonverbal communication to uncover mental health issues while discussing care or obtaining a health history with clients. The third aspect of health, social health, is another important characteristic to the philosophy of nursing. Regardless of economic status, patients should be entitled access to quality health care, education, and a fit environment. The social and economic status of clients should be carefully evaluated by the nurse, as inadequacies in any area can lead to poor health and well-being. Nursing
The basic definition of nursing is "the care and nurturing of healthy and ill people, individually or in groups and in communities" (Venes & Thomas, p. 1414). My personal definition of nursing goes into more detail than the one given by Venes and Thomas. In my opinion, nursing is the act of helping people to sustain life. The basic skills of caring for clients are learned in the classroom. However, true nursing knowledge and intuition can only be acquired with experience and research. Research and knowledge are two major components of nursing. Through research, the world of nursing has expanded to incorporate new theories, evidence based practice, and methods by which nurse can improve the lives of their patients. In other words, nursing is a...