My Personal Nursing Philosophy
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 other health care professionals will promote quality care.
My Personal Nursing Philosophy
For as far back as I can remember I have had the overwhelming desire to care for people in need, and with two nurses in my family this ultimately led me to my career in nursing. I feel very satisfied when I am serving and caring for the sick, and my personal nursing attitude is one that is driven by a patient centered approach. I believe that the theorist I have been influenced by is Faye Glenn Abdellah. She is the nursing theorist who helped to initiate the focus of nursing from a disease-centered to a patient-centered care and began to include the care of families and the elderly in nursing care ("Abdellah," 2014). Abdellah believes that nursing is based on an art and science that molds the attitudes, intellectual competencies and technical skills of the individual nurse into the desire and ability to help people, sick or well, cope with their health needs. As a result healthcare workers utilize the patient assessment which is commonly referred to as the nursing process. Nursing cannot be simplified to one word or phrase. Nursing is more than a profession and more than treating those who are ill, it is a model of care and service to others, and it is constantly evolving. Caring is an art and it shows patients what is important to you and in turn can shape the delivery of your nursing care. Nursing will always be intertwined with caring, the same way as oxygen is necessary for breathing, you can’t do one without the other. A base level of medical knowledge is required to allow nursing care to be possible. The medical field is continually evolving and requires nurses to keep up to date with current changes in nursing practice. As I am with my patients I initially focus on getting to know my patient by listening to what has brought them to the hospital and as I am doing this I can take notes on what I think is important and relevant so I may be able to proceed with developing my plan of action for my day. I try to see what relevant information the patient can give about his or her own understanding of what has been done to them so far. If family is present I engage them in the conversation too. After I have done all this I then do my own assessment from head to toe. I gather all this data and establish my plan of action. I always try and keep the patient and his/her family informed of any new or relevant data. If there are new findings or things I believe the doctor may not know I relay this information to them. Occasionally you have to do this in a very fast manner for sometimes the patient is critically ill, believe me at times you have less than one minute to do this assessment. The telemetry floor I work on is very fast paced. 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...
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