Philosophy of Nursing
Transition to Pro Nursing
Jillian Edwards DNc, MN, ARNP
November 25, 2013
Around the world, nursing has many definitions. From place to place, the role of a nurse may change a thousand times. However, I believe, we do have one thing in common. The desire to care for our patients and treat them as a whole individual the way we would want to be treated if we were in the same position. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was young, but have never stopped to think about what really drives this calling to serve other people in need. In this paper, I will define health and illness and what it means to me. I will then state my personal philosophy of nursing and what concepts are most important. Finally my philosophy will be compared to a nursing theorist as to how they are similar and alike. Health and Illness Defined
There are many ways to define health and illness. Some think it can be as simple as not being physically sick or without injuries or any impairment. I think it has a much deeper meaning. According to the WHO (1948), health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely absence of disease or illness (para 1). I agree that mental and social wellbeing play a very important role in order for someone to be healthy. On the opposite spectrum, illness or disease can be something very devastating to an individual. Disease is defined as "A clinical judgment about the patient's response to actual or potential health conditions or needs" (American Nurses Association, 2004, pg 47). Nurses play an important role in aiding our patients from illness and or disease to obtaining optimal health. This can be done in many ways that are unique to the nurse and often play an import role as to why the nurse acts or behaves the way they do. Philosophy Statement
Having to write your philosophy about something as general as nursing, is no easy feat. After much thought and effort, I have come up with a philosophy that suite my ideas and work ethic. My philosophy of nursing is defined as being committed to providing quality healthcare through self-discipline and teamwork in order to promote a caring and holistic environment to encourage optimal health and healing. This philosophy hits on the main concepts that I feel are important to being an excellent nurse. Commitment is something that should come on its own. You must feel a sense of responsibility and loyalty to your patients. Likewise self-discipline should be something every nurse values. You can never learn enough, and with the new laws on continuing education, you must be disciplined to seek these classes and complete them on time. Teamwork is another important aspect of nursing that has a large impact on your everyday environment not just for you, but your patients. If you are stressed out and need a hand, you should be able to ask another nurse on your unit for help. That nurse should be able to provide seamless care from one patient to the next. Caring is also a trait that every nurse should embrace and has been for hundreds of years. As far back as caring goes, the idea of holistic nursing dates back just as far. You must see each patient as a whole individual and not just the disease or illness that plagues him or her. This includes their mind, body, spirit, emotions, social/cultural relationships, and the surrounding environment. “Florence Nightingale believed in care that focused on unity, wellness, and the interrelationship of human beings and their environment and is thought to be one of the first holistic nurses” (Thornton, 2013, para.1). She pioneered the way towards holistic nursing and has set a great example with her many works and theories for other nurses to follow. Nursing Theory
The theory I choose to compare my philosophy of nursing to, is Florence Nightingale’s Environmental Theory. In order to create a theory on nursing, one must come up with...
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