Franklin Pierce University
The following paper examines my personal nursing philosophy I have trajected throughout my nursing career. Nursing is a commitment to public service and the unquestionable desire to help people in need. Nursing is not only the ability to treat an illness, but the ability to incorporate quality care that is individualized to the needs of each patient. My philosophy of nursing I feel has been strongly influenced by Faye Glenn Abdellah. I incorporate the knowledge of medicine while linking it with compassionate all-encompassing care that also respects and maintains the patients’ dignity. I believe that a patient centered approach that collaborates with …show more content…
Not only do we have to assess our own patients but my floor has thirty two beds, and if someone is in need and we answer the call light it is up to us to handle what is going on. I just had this happen with a patient. I answered a call light, the patient said I am short of breath of course I went and saw what was wrong, I found this patient gray looking with rhoncherous lung sounds with an oxygen sat in the low 80’s. I immediately put him back on his oxygen that I found lying on the floor and called for assistance from the nurse who was taking care of him. She initiated a call to the doctor and I stayed with the patient, things progressed very rapidly the patient was becoming more anxious due to his inability to breathe so I decided that a rapid response needed to be called. This is when a patient is not doing well and the nurse providing care thinks that it is going to require more than two nurses to handle the situation. So staff from other areas like, respiratory therapy, supervisor of nursing, a dedicated RN from ICU or CCU, and a hospitalist physician respond. If at any point we decide that the patient may need to be intubated then a code blue is called that ensures that someone from anesthesia will respond and they will be the person to intubate. In the end this patient was transported to ICU and when he arrived down in their area he was intubated. The quick thinking and assessment is sometimes what keeps patients …show more content…
Knowing a patient’s values and beliefs is a prerequisite to establishing this trust. I value what is important to each patient, even if his or her beliefs or values are something that I personally do not agree with. It is my responsibility to treat each patient with dignity and respect to achieve the best possible outcome.
Nursing care should also include relationships with all other health professionals. Communication on patient care and teamwork from all will help to ensure effective quality care. The driving force for this is the patient he/she should be at the center of all decisions.
Doing what is most beneficial for my patients and family is the type of nursing I want to continue with. I will continue to try and build caring, trusting relationships with my patients. Individualizing care for each including their personal, emotional and physical needs will be at the center of how I will continue to practice so as to deliver quality care. Writing this paper I have delved into what nursing truly means to me and have become more aware of what is the foundation of what I value most for my clinical practice.