Running Head: PERSONAL NURSING PHILOSOPHY 1
PERSONAL NURSING PHILOSOPHY PAPER 1
Personal Nursing Philosophy Paper
Nursing philosophy described as a personal definition, I provide a comprehensive discussion of personal philosophy related to accountability, compassion and professionalism that drives my personal practice. Life and career experiences are used to demonstrate application of philosophy showing growth of my career that still brings a special light to my life.
Keywords: nursing, philosophy, personal
Nursing has always felt more than a career, it was a path chosen due to my passion for using knowledge and skills to help those who are unable to help themselves. My philosophy today stems from values instilled by my family as a child; trustworthiness, respect, compassion, the things that drove me to nursing and continue to drive me as I provide care to my patients, families, and community. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, New International Version).
Compassion, respect, and advocating for patient rights; while providing a healing environment is the core of what a nurse does. By holding myself accountable, maintaining professionalism, and compassion the last 14 years as a nurse have given me more than I could have ever imagined.
Most of my career I have been reminded that my job is to assess, diagnosis, plan, implement, and evaluate. I understood my responsibilities, just always viewed my career as so much more. Nursing promotes wellness and health, while preventing further illness or injury is a definition that has been engrained in my mind; what about all the steps in between? So many moving parts must be accomplished before I can promote wellness, one of the biggest learning curves in my career was on a pediatric trauma respiratory floor, not only dealing with things I hadn’t seen since nursing school; near drownings, Cystic Fibrosis, ventilated patients. It was something so simple, yet it took me by surprise, I was no longer dealing with a patient that needed to understand and make decisions while the family supported them; this was dealing with a whole new aspect of building rapport with the patient’s parents. My initial experience was with first time parents of a 1 year old, who suffered a near drowning they blamed themselves for. This was the hardest connection I had to build by first informing them of possible outcomes and status, having them understand it was an accident and their guilt needed to be set aside so they could make the best decisions for their child leading to the best possible outcome. They eventually came around, we prayed a lot and I was able to provide what they needed to feel better. It took me a while to reach my goal of therapeutic nursing, since the connection developed was delayed by outside factors, once we developed...