My Personal Philosophy of Nursing
By: Michele Combs
Working with Values and Beliefs when Providing Patient Care
Nursing is an art and a science. The profession is an art of compassion and caring in a creative way. Creativity allows nurses to individualize nursing care. Through science, nurses obtain the skills and technology they rely on to achieve each patient's optimal health ("Nursing", n.d.).
Florence Nightingale became a nurse because she wanted to help those less fortunate. Her compassion and concern gave her the motivation she needed to help others. She strived to improve nursing and the lives of those she touched (Isler, 1970).
Living in an area with high poverty levels, I too wanted to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. I chose to become a nurse because of my desire to help others and become a positive role model in my community. My career choice gave me the opportunity to set high standards based on my values and beliefs. From the beginning, I established my own personal commitment to nursing.
My personal philosophy is to prepare myself to make a difference in my patient's life when he/she needs it most. I will provide compassionate, competent nursing care. I will work with those in my team to collaborate quality nursing care to ensure that each individual's needs are met.
I will be a patient advocate. I will be honest and nonjudgmental in the nursing care I provide. My patients will depend on me. I will strive to form a trusting nurse patient relationship. Setting aside my own opinions and ideas to listen to those of my patient is a priority. My responsibility is to make sure that each patient is aware of his/her rights. I will be held accountable for protecting the rights of those individuals.
Providing consistent care regardless of race, sex, or ability to pay will always hold true. Each of my patients will receive the upmost...