PersonalPhilosophy of Nursing
The nursing profession often presents a learning experience with eachday having its challenges. Such challenges and the opportunities tolearn more has been critical in shaping my passion for theprofession. The experience of dealing with the patients has shaped mybeliefs and values that illustrate how I interact with them. Moreimportantly, the essence of nursing that insists on the caring,honesty, trust and respect has been critical in influencing how Iundertake some of the roles in the profession. The values areimportant in shaping how I work and interact with the patients sincethey deserve trust and respect that will facilitate their recoveryprocess. This paper will illustrate my personal philosophy of nursingthat will facilitate how I work in the profession. More specifically,I will reveal my vision, beliefs, and values and reveal how theyrelate to the patients and families in general as well.
While growing up, I wanted a career that was challenging, engagingand one that will make a positive difference in the lives of thepeople. Nursing provided that opportunity since I had to deal withvarious challenges in terms of the treatment plans, reducing pain andmotivating the patients. At times, I am forced to deal with both thepatients and their families, especially when they are going through ahard time. I find it satisfying when I give them hope and assure themthat everything will be alright. In fact, my mother is a friendlyperson and has engaged in some community work in the past, and shealways took me with her. In the process, my passion often grew, and Iknew that I wanted to be a doctor since I wanted to help those peoplethat were in need.
I also picked nursing since I love learning new things in thesociety. For instance, the field has new medical trends, and thenurses have to undergo continuing training that will help understandthe new technological or treatment changes. Apart from that, nursesencourage the interprofessional collaboration where I will interactwith physicians or even nutritionists, and through the teams, I willgain more insights on the patients. Some of the experienced nurseswill also reveal how I should solve some of the ethical dilemmas inthe nursing setting. In the process, I will explore more techniquesand strive to acquire deeper knowledge that will be helpful inmastering the required skills. All in all, the aspect of learning newthings was a motivation in being a nurse too.
The core of nursing stresses on the caring and the need to promotethe healing process that the patients are undergoing. However, thatis not enough since the values might be manipulated by the otherstakeholders to undermine the healing process. Hence, the core ofnursing should insist on the nurses pledging their responsibility tothe public and promise to provide holistic and safe patient-centeredcare (Karsten, 2012). In fact, the nurses are supposed to besupportive and help the patients in understanding the medicalliteracy that they need to understand. The nurses should also respectthe beliefs of the patients since the ethical guidelines suggest so.The respect also nurtures trust and allows the patient to share eventhe most intimate information since he or she wants a treatment planthat will handle each problem he or she had. I believe that thenurses are supposed to establish some better relationship tofacilitate the treatment process. Even one of my mentors FlorenceNightingale presented the Environmental Theory that insists on usingthe surrounding of the patient to enhance the recovery process(Karsten, 2012). The environment of the patient will even include thephysiologic processes, life as well as the biologic factors thataffect the patient. Upholding the teachings from the Nightingale’sEnvironment theory helps a nurse to facilitate caring and compassionwhile being supportive to the patients as well.
At times, the politics of nursing can undermine the core of nursingand affect the lives of the patients, staff, as well as the families.In most cases, the hospital politics will be seen in the staffingratios as well as the intra-departmental relationships. For instance,the relationships will influence the type of communication thatpeople have and how it influences the collaboration of the staff inserving the patients. In some cases, the lower staffing ratios, thepoor communication, and the negative relationships will lead tounqualified treatment approaches.
I believe that thepatients are wholly responsible for the treatment that they shouldundergo. In fact, most of them need the satisfaction and the factthat they are engaging in the decision-making process. For instance,the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs shows that the patients will becooperative if their physical needs, the psychological needs and theself-fulfillment needs are met (Brykczynski, 2013). Hence, I tend togive them the freedom to make decisions and acknowledge their role inthe treatment process. More importantly, the patient-centeredtreatment is critical since it enhances the medical literacy and theymight acquire the ability to identify symptoms and how to initiatemedication too.
I believe that thepatient’s family and the significant others are important people inthe treatment and recovery process. For instance, in some cases, thephysician might need their consent in deciding the type of treatmentthat will be adopted. In some cases, the family often creates a senseof cultural beliefs that they will comply with strictly. Some peoplewill often seek medical attention when the illness has reached itsadvanced stages. Hence, consulting the entire family might initiateconversations that might debunk any myths and promote the medicalliteracy. Including the family and the significant others in thetreatment process is critical in facilitating the holistic approachin dealing with the patients.
Most of the health care providers have shifted from a holisticapproach and adopted a specialized way. Hence, my fellow health careproviders should adopt a holistic approach that ensures they handlethe treatment efficiently. The management might also help the healthcare providers in dealing with all the issues surrounding the careenvironment. For instance, the management should increase thenurse-to-patient ratio that will make sure the health care providersoffer the services efficiently (Brykczynski, 2013). A reducedstaffing ratio often undermines the ability of the nurses to work andresult in burnout and stress that will reduce their quality of careinstead. The nurses will need a supportive environment to ensure thatthey provide quality care that will protect the patients from morechallenges.
I believe that my health needs a personal initiative that will entailthe frequent medical check-up, healthy diet, and the physicalexercises. In this case, some of the chronic diseases are “silentkillers” and one might not identify its symptoms easily. In theprocess, I had to change the diet, adopt intense physical exercisesto keep fit. The frequent medical check-up has been able to providethe appropriate physical status, and I plan to follow the sameguidelines to achieve better treatment outcomes.
Visionfor the Future
In the next two years, I want to finish my Bachelor of Science inNursing since it will be helpful in acquiring all the required skillsand knowledge in the profession. For instance, I will use theknowledge in practicing my profession and helping the patients aswell. In fact, I will gain the best knowledge that will be helpful indealing with the patients. I will also have the ability to encouragethe patients to seek the required medical help as well.
In the next five years, I might pursue the Master of Science inNursing (MSN) degree. It will be quite since it will enhance myskills in the critical care, neonatal care, and hospice care as well.I will have vast knowledge on how to deal with the patients and helpthem deal with their challenges. The MSN degree will improve theskills that I will be able to use in guiding even the junior nurses.
In a period of ten years, I might pursue the American Society ofPeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPN) that will increase my skills. Moreimportantly, I will have the ability to work with the nurses and thedoctors in ensuring that the patients the help that they might need.I will have the knowledge and skills to deal with the sedation,anesthesia, and analgesia as well. It will help in dealing with thepatients in an ambulatory care facility or even the hospitals.
I have the ability to adapt to the difficult situations and acquirelearning experiences from the same. More importantly, the fact thatnursing provides a chance to make a positive difference in the lifeof the patients has been helpful in nurturing my passion in theprofession. I believe that I have the strength and the determinationto face challenges in a positive way. I love learning and possess theorganizational skills that will improve how I work with the patients.The support of my peers and the family members are crucial inreaching the goals I have. For instance, they will provide asupportive environment that will increase my determination tosucceed. At times, the ability to balance work, school, and thefamily might be a challenge but, I will strive to be better. Infact, managing my time wisely and prioritizing the most importantactivities will be one way of overcoming the challenges that I mightface in the process. However, I am ready to face all those challengesas I conclude my BSN degree.
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Karsten, K. (2012). Using ePortfolio to demonstrate competence inassociate degree nursing students. Teaching and Learning inNursing, 7(1), 23-26.