Florence Nightingale revolutionized the way in which people view nurses and the way in which nurses respond to their responsibilities. By transforming the nursing profession from a curing nature into one that focuses more on the nurturing aspect of care allows one to reach their optimal potential for a healthy life.(Selanders, 1998) Nightingale’s four elements that she viewed as the meta-paradigm of nursing have served the nursing profession well for the past one and a half centuries. I feel very strongly in the foundation of Nightingale’s ideals and have adapted them into my own philosophy of nursing. The key to the development of theory: 1. Strong foundation of knowledge and understanding. 2. Willingness to learn and be open-minded to new ideas. 3. Make the most out of nursing/ enjoy the work, be the best nurse one can be. 4. Continually think about how one can have an impact on either a patient or on the nursing community as a whole. 5. Reflection
Nursing makes a unique contribution to society by nurturing the wholeness of persons and environment in caring. Philosophy of science provides a useful frame of reference in which to understand the unfolding of nursing as a discipline. It should not be seen as a distraction but rather a significant step in the transformation of the doctoral student into a productive nurse scientist. Science is concerned with casualty (cause and effect) is both process and product. Science has come to represent knowledge, and it is generated by the application of a variety of procedures or methods to acquire that knowledge.