The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing
In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
N3645 Transition to Professional Nursing
March 12, 2012
In this paper I will explain why I believe strongly in my personal philosophy of nursing. As I learn more about nursing philosophers such as: Dorthea Orem, Hildegard Peplau, Faye Glenn Abdellah, and Joyce Travelbee I see a common thread amongst them. I see that they have incorporated their experiences and beliefs to formulate a theory that improves or betters the lives of the patient, family, community, and society. Schrock stated, “philosophy is an attitude toward life and reality that evolves from each nurses beliefs” (Edwards, 1997, 1089). My experiences and perspectives as a nurse are heavily influenced as both patient and nurse. This paper will address why I chose to be a nurse, what I believe to be the essence of nursing, my beliefs and values, and the vision for my future.
Choice of Nursing
My choice of nursing as a career was influenced by a diagnosis of Crohn's Disease at the age of thirteen. The physician's exact words at the time to my parents and I were, “you'll have this for the rest of your life and you'll have to learn how to deal with it.” Then he walked out of the room. We all felt scared, lonely, inadequate, and uninformed. A week after my four day admission, I finally met with a nurse educator who taught me , “how to deal with it.”
The consultation with the nurse educator was one of the most memorable encounters of my life. She was informative, knowledgeable, compassionate, loving, and sympathetic. In other words, she was human. She treated me as though she understood what I was going through. I was a human being, not a case or a number.
Essence of Nursing
The essence of nursing is caring. Caring about the human being you are treating. Nurses and...