Philosophy of Nursing
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Philosophy of Nursing
For as long as I can remember, nursing was a profession that I longed to be a part of because nurses represented the very essence of caring and compassion. After realizing my dream, I found myself working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where I developed a personal philosophy and core set of values regarding nursing. “Philosophies of nursing are statements of beliefs about nursing and expressions of values in nursing that are used as bases for thinking and acting” (Chitty & Black, 2007, p.319).
Everyone has values, ideas and beliefs that are unique and different from others. One great challenge in the nursing field is how to appropriately incorporate our own values and beliefs into the professional practice. “Professional values are standards for actions accepted by the practitioner and professional group that provide a framework influencing the behavior of the group.” (“Professional Values: The Case for RN-BSN Completion Education,”2008,p.1). Identifying the values that are most important will greatly influence an individual’s nursing practice.
According to the National League for Nursing (NLN), the core values of nursing are caring, integrity, diversity and excellence. I consider and value nursing as understanding a patient’s needs and situations, seeing the person as a unique human being and treating the person with respect and dignity. The strong connection between a patient and nurse represents opportunities to explore and apply personal values.
I consider the primary focus of nursing is to help promote, gain and maintain health and healing not only for our patients but also families as well. My vision for myself as a nurse is to encompass the values that I embrace in everything I do. I will be accountable for my actions and practice within the scope of my license. I will continue to add to my... [continues]
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