Philosophy and Nursing

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Humans are a complex organism. The study of human nature is a more complex thing. Over time several dominant concepts explaining human nature have surfaced. Some of these concepts overlap while others negate each other. Nevertheless these concepts help shed light on our understanding of human nature or on understanding of ourselves. As said by William Bernbach it is significant to comprehend human nature because, “Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature. What compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action. If you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being.”

As a nurse it is essential for us to understand human nature since we relentlessly deal with our fellow human beings. When we come to understand our nature it becomes easier for us to understand other people. As to our case, it becomes easier for us to understand our clients. This then leads us to care for them therapeutically towards their easy recovery.

They say what makes each of us special is our uniqueness but sometimes this can also be the root of conflicts. That is why aside from understanding human nature we must also learn to appreciate the beauty of individual differences. It is because according to Virginia Satir, “feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere in which individual differences are appreciated”.

Everyone, including nurses has values, ideas and beliefs that are unique and different from others. At times these values and beliefs will conflict those of the client. When the nurse has an understanding of individual differences she is able to accept differences among people and view each client as a worthwhile person regardless of that client’s opinions and lifestyle. The nurse will also be able to adapt and not let the differences interfere or hinder with client’s care.


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