Personal Philosophy of Nursing
“Philosophy is an attitude toward life and reality that evolves from each nurse’s beliefs” (Marriner-Tomey, 1994, p. 89). I became a nursing graduate in 1993 and I had no idea what I was able to do. The vast responsibilities nurses are accountable for in maintaining the integrity and safety of our patients are impressive. One must, indeed, have the innate desire to care genuinely for the sick and injured to fully understand the philosophy of nursing. Teaching and helping others is satisfying to me knowing I have made a small difference in their lives, even for a short time. This is why I became a nurse. I believe, philosophically that nursing requires dedication, extensive technical and medical knowledge, compassion, empathy, and communication. I am committed to care for patients regardless of their socio-economic status, personal beliefs, cultural differences, or criminal background. People are unique, and their upbringing, beliefs, and personal choices are none of my business; their health and well-being are. The following discusses my philosophy of the nursing process. I teach patients and their families about the disease process, treatment, medications, tests, rehabilitation, and disease prevention. I am their resource person and counsel when I deem appropriate, as in death and dying situations. For families to understand why their loved ones are deteriorating is a comfort, as it gives them closure. I collaborate with other health team members including physicians, technicians, physical and occupational therapists, discharge planners, social workers, clergy, and managers to provide physical and spiritual needs, thus, creating the synergism needed for the healing process.
I provide an optimum environment for wellness for my patients, as this is crucial. I continually protect them from spread of disease (hand-washing, sterile techniques, and contact precautions), skin breakdown, falls, poor hygiene, and...
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