Personal & Professional Philosophy of Nursing
As I reflect my initial idea about become a nurse, I recognize that I decided to become a nurse because I know it is my true calling. From an early age I always wanted to help other and make a difference in people’s lives. Nursing is unique and it never just be a job which pays your bills. Nursing is a very rewarding career which will allow me to support and provide care to the people who are vulnerable. In this essay I will explain what I believe about being a nurse, and how I will strive to be a nurse.
As a newly started nursing student, I only had few times to be at the clinical but already I am being enlightened and challenged to expand my experience of nursing. One of nurse that I met at the clinical told me that “The day you stop caring is the day you stop being a nurse.” I was deeply moved by her words. I believe that the basis of nursing lie on compassion. “The unique function of nurses in caring for individuals, sick or well, is to assess their responses to their health status and to assist them in the performance of those activities contributing to health or recovery or to dignified death that they would perform unaided if they had the necessary strength, will, or knowledge and to do this in such a way as to help them gain full of partial independence as rapidly as possible.” (Virginia Avenel Henderson) It is critical to care for all the patients no matter what race, economic status. Protect patients by providing safe environment. When the nurse perform nursing assessment, analysis, planning, implementation, evaluation, must establish dynamic ,continuous, patient-centered framework. I believe and support treat patient as I myself would want to be treated.
Nurse as a caregiver an effective communication is essential. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of nurses to build an effective communication not only with the patient but also with the colleagues at work place for patient safety (Anthony and Preuss, 2002). Good communication between nurses and patients is absolutely necessary for the successful end result of individualized nursing care. Communicating effectively is a skill that nurses must develop. Therapeutic communication is the purposeful use of verbal or nonverbal communication to build and maintain helping relationship with patients and their family members. By showing your caring attitude, demonstrate to patients that they can rely on nurses without doubt. Good communication between nurses and other health care member is also essential for the health team to achieve continuity of care and positive patient outcome. There is research shows that ineffective communication among health care members is the one of the leading causes of medical errors and patient harm.
Nurse is not just identity but responsibility. A set of values, beliefs, sense of responsibility ,positive mindset and principle are my recognize of nursing philosophy. Furthermore, education will play the most significant role. As each day pass I am learning and discovering better ways to care for patients. I am committed to learning and understanding best -practice delivery. As Florence Nightingale states: “I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling” (American Nurses Association, 2010).