Nursing is a profession that I aspired to be a part of because nurses represent the very core of love, compassion, and caring. When I began working as a Supervisor in a Skilled Nursing Facility, I then developed my personal philosophy and set of values regarding nursing care. “Philosophy is defined as the study of the principles underlying conduct, thought, and the nature of the universe. A simple explanation of philosophy is that it entails a search for meaning in the universe” (Chitty & Black, 2007, p. 319).
As a health care provider, I believe that the core of nursing embodies the integration of abstract nursing knowledge, behavioral and natural science, the humanities, and the arts. All of these attributes, plus humanity toward other people, help shape compassionate, respectful behavior, and effective nursing care. My goal in providing nursing care is to use my comprehension, competencies and skills to provide care to patients to enhance physical condition, comfort and quality of life. The unique values and beliefs that differentiate and define people all impact the ways people experience and relate to one another. One huge challenge in the nursing field is how to integrate properly our own values and beliefs into professional practice. “Professional values are standards for actions accepted by the practitioner and professional group that provide a framework influencing the behavior of the group” (Kubsch, Hansen, & Huyser-Eatwell, 2008, p. 1). Identifying the values which are most important will significantly influence an individual’s nursing performance.
The elements on core values of nursing are diversity, integrity, caring, and quality. I believe nursing must consider a patient’s needs and value the person as a unique individual while treating the person with respect and dignity. The quality of the potential relationship connecting a patient and nurse represents opportunity to discover and display individual ethics.