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Personal philosophy of nursing
Amanda Blaire 11/15/2018 05:45 AM CST

As a nurse, I strongly believe that nurses can only provide quality care services to patients by creating strong interpersonal relations with the patients. This forms the basis of my philosophy which is also founded on an interpersonal relations model theory that was developed by Hildegard Peplau. It is also based on the principles of human relations in which the nurse should develop strong interpersonal relations with the patients as well as other members of the community. According to Hildegard, nursing is psychodynamic and involves understanding of one’s own behavior. Thus, this paper defines my behavior towards nursing as a profession. It elaborates on the ideas, values, beliefs, and principles that are essential for proper nursing practice.

Definition of Nursing

Nursing can be defined as a diverse profession which deals with taking care of sick people as well those who are healthy. It also involves taking care of people as individuals, not only certain individuals. Nursing is a highly dynamic and constantly evolving profession that strives to meet the ever-changing needs of patients and take into account the development and the emergence of new knowledge and ideas. The Royal College of Nursing defines nursing as the use of clinical judgment in the provision of care to enable people to improve, maintain, or recover health, cope with health problems, and achieve the best possible quality of life. On the other hand, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) elaborates that nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals, either sick or healthy in all settings.

In my view, nursing involves the promotion of health, prevention of diseases, and taking care of individuals who are either healthy or sick. The key roles of nursing include advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research and active participation in the development, formulation and implementation of health care policies, management of health care systems, and education of patients. For the part, the definitions of nursing, just like nursing itself, are dynamic and radical. The uniqueness of nursing lies in the combination of five major defining characteristics that describe nursing. They include purpose, mode of intervention, focus, value base, and partnership. The main purpose of nursing is to promote health by preventing diseases. Nurses use appropriate intervention techniques to empower people and help them improve health. In this respect, nursing focuses on the whole person as well as the human’s response during treatment rather than on a particular aspect or condition of the patient. Moreover, nursing is also based on specific values that enhance health. Last but not least, nurses should work in partnerships with the patients as well as other health care providers such as physicians when administering their duties and responsibilities.

Personal Perspective about the Purpose of Nursing

For my part, the main purpose of nursing is to promote good health among individuals through prevention of diseases and taking care of the patients. I also believe that nurses should provide care services to all individual regardless of their age, socio-economic status, gender, origin, religion or any other factors. Nurses are also responsible for providing care services to patients based on the physical, emotional, and psychological statuses of the individuals. Moreover, nurses should take into consideration individual factors such as the social status and spiritual needs of the patient in order to provide the optimal care.

Relationships between a Nurse and the Client in a Culturally Diverse Setting, the Community and Other Health Care Professionals

First and foremost, I believe that a nurse should be willing and able to work with any individual in any setting at any time. The role of the nurse is to provide care in accordance with the social backgrounds of the patients. Nurses should not provide care services or participate in actions that contradict the cultural values and beliefs of their patients. Otherwise, it would indicate that the nurse does not promote cultural diversity. This assumption is based on the theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality which was developed by Madeleine Leininger. According to Kim and Kollak (2010), Madeleine Leininger conjectured that nursing is a trans-cultural practice that aims at providing care in relation to the cultural beliefs, values and practices of the individual patients. Second, nurses should be observant of the values, cultures, and beliefs of the community. Third, a nurse should collaborate with other health care providers such as physicians and therapists to improve or assist patients in optimizing their health and to attain and maintain high quality of life. Nurses should also coordinate care for patients performed by other health care professionals such as physicians, therapists, and dietitians.

Principles That Guide Professional Practices By Nurses

In my view, the two most important principles that guide the practice of nurses are communication and compassion. The principle of communication implies that a nurse should share ideas, knowledge, and information with the patient. The nurse should also create an environment conducive for the exchange of ideas and information or in which the patient would feel free to share his/her experiences. In addition, nurses can use the principle of communication make patients be more positive about the progress of their treatment. In my view, communication is a very important principle in the nursing profession because it facilitates implementation of other nursing principles such as confidentiality and privacy of patients. The principle of communication is based on the Self-Care Model which was developed by Dorothea Orem (Kim & Kollak, 2010). According to Kim and Kollak (2010), Dorothea Orem postulated that patients are capable of meeting some of their health care needs if they would be accorded with necessary assistance by nurses. Therefore, patients should be assisted during the decision making and gain knowledge that will enable them to take care of themselves. Such knowledge can only be communicated to patients by nurses. An example of an incidence in which the communication principle had been applied in the nursing practice is when a nurse is seeking the consent of a patient who is suffering from HIV/AIDS so that he would inform the family members about his HIV status. Thus, it is important to seek the consent of the patient first because the information is private and confidential.

Secondly, the principle of compassion requires postulates that a nurse should show empathy, concern, and kindness when providing health care services to patients. This principle is based on the Nature Theory of Nursing which was conceived by Virginia Henderson. According to Masters (2012), Virginia Henderson postulated that nurses are entrusted with a unique function of assisting individuals to perform those activities that contribute to their well-being. Nurses should assist patients in gaining independence as soon as possible. This requires deeper understanding, care, and empathy with the patient. An example of how the principle of compassion is utilized in a clinical practice is when a nurse has to provide care to a high school student who is involved in an accident. The nurse has to talk with the parents of the student to forgive him for driving their car to school without their permission. In addition, the nurse should sympathize with the student for being involved in an accident. This requires the nurse to accord the victim with adequate emotional and psychological support.

Therefore, my philosophy in nursing has also been influenced by two major theorists, namely Madeleine Leininger and Virginia Henderson. These theorists postulated important principles of nursing that I find very useful in my nursing practice. For example, I strongly believe that Madeleine Leininger’s concept of nursing has greatly helped nurses in communicating with their patients.

I would like to assert that my nursing philosophy is defined by strong interpersonal relations with patients which are founded on the Interpersonal Relations Model Theory by Hildegard Peplau. I also suppose that all nurses should strive to accomplish the main purpose of nursing which is to promote good health and quality life of individuals. In addition, nurses should ensure that they create strong relations with clients within the culturally diversified nursing environment, strive to meet the expectations of the community in relation to health care based on communal values and beliefs, and collaborate with other health care professionals to promote optimal health values and improving quality of life of clients. Moreover, nurses should possess certain nursing principles such as excellent communication with patients, compassion, accountability, and advocacy which guide their professional practices.

For my part, I chose nursing because it is a profession that I truly love. Nursing is the only profession that is in line with my desire to care for and help other people. I get satisfied and fulfilled whenever I provide care services to patients. I derive my happiness and satisfaction in life by giving hope of living to individuals who had lost it.

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