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Published: Jan 10th, 2015
Leadership in Nursing
R. Samuel Ramirez
Everest College Phoenix
Leadership in Nursing
What exactly is nursing? Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of a person’s health. It is the profession that prevents illnesses and injury, and alleviates suffering through the diagnosis and treatment that excellent nurses give. Nursing is the advocacy in the care of an individual, in their families, and in their communities. But “nursing is not simply a collection of specific skills, and you [the nurse] are not simply a person trained to perform specific tasks” (Potter & Perry, page 21). Rather it is a line of work only for those dedicated to the profession: those that administer quality patient-centered care in a harmless, diligent, and educated way. Nurses are held to high standards; they discipline their practice to the code of ethics and professionalism, basing their care off the fundamental blueprint of critical thinking called the nursing process (Potter & Perry, page 36).
Philosophical Reflection Not only is the practice of nursing a profession, but rather it is an art that must be individualized to each human being, with respect to the nursing paradigm (Potter & Perry, page 22). The nurse must first understand himself; he must possess an appreciation for his own self-worth, ethics, values, and convictions. The nurse must also identify why these principles are upheld, so he can then in turn respect the patient’s specific morals and standards. Fidelity, justice, responsibility, and confidentiality must be maintained by the nurse so that each and every patient receives the highest quality care specific to his or her need (Potter & Perry, page 73). Also, when providing care the nurse must individualize their approach, their attitude, and their methods of applications of patient-centered care that is truly unique to the patient. Rapport must be established and a balanced, professional
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