University of texas
Personal Philosophy of Nursing
Since I was very young, I have always wanted to be a nurse. As a 5 year-old, I practiced nursing playing with my dolls and younger sister. Now, when I look back and remember what I was doing as a young girl, it reminds me the simple and unique quality of nursing, which is caring and comforting. According to Rogers nursing is "a learned profession, both a science and an art" (as cited in Masters, 2009 ). The art of nursing is the empathic drive that initiates the nurse to care when she see a sick person that has a need to be fulfilled physically and mentally. The application of the knowledge using evidence based facts is the science part of nursing. I am very interested in educating others regarding health issues. As a mother of two children, my experience with a pediatric doctor who has no time to educate his patient has led me to be determined to further empathize the importance of educating a patient regarding his/her unique health. My personal philosophy of nursing regarding the four major components of nursing (person, health, nurse, and environment) and their interaction among them are as follows:
Person, I believe anyone who has a unique capacity to interact or learn from others and who has a unique need to be fulfilled. As a nurse, I have a responsibility to help the person with his or her needs. I treat each individual with a respect to unique view of self and dignity. When I work with a person I put all the destruction aside and focus on making the patient comfortable and healthy. Working with a person, also includes the persons' loved family and community, therefore, the nurse should integrate the family and the community in the care of the person.
Health is an equilibrium stage of the person’s existence. When all aspect of the persons needs are fulfilled the person tends to be in ultimate health state. According to Doheny (1997), “health applies to the total...