Personal Nursing Philosophy
The primary reason why I choose to be a nurse is that I held the belief that helping other people was my calling. I felt responsible for helping those in need of health care. Since childhood, I had the urge to help others. Later when I became a nurse, I got to learn that Nursing is not just a profession where one earns money rather it is a honorable calling. My vision as a nurse is to provide quality care with disregard to race, religion, lifestyle, status or any bias. I strive to help all those in need of health care the best way I can. I also respect the cultural and religious beliefs in my practice (Alimohammadi et al., 2014)
My philosophy is thus based on the provision of competent, quality, compassionate, holistic and patient-centred care. It is my responsibility as a nurse to provide safe health care to the public. This philosophy is based on the values that I have acquired over time since my childhood. I respect human life, and I value the trust endowed on me as a nurse to protect the life of those in need. The compassion towards human life is what keeps me going every day as I strive to provide quality care to the patients, family and the society at large.
I believe that education is very significant in maintaining my philosophy. With the changes in the nursing environment such as technological advancement and new procedures, one has to keep up to be able to provide patient centred care (Chitty & Black, 2007). It is thus my responsibility to seek self-enhancement through learning. By regular education, nurses will update their beliefs and values and evolve not only professionally but by how they practice nursing. This can explain why the Institute of Medicine targets that by 2020, 80% of the Nurses should be holding a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (Lee & Fawcett, 2013). My mission is to keep updated with new knowledge about the nursing profession. I value that learning does not only occur in a classroom but also through practice and interacting with other health professionals. This is in line with the recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine that Nurses should lead change to excellent health by engaging in lifelong learning (Steelman, 2014).
As a person, my core values include honesty, persistence, kindness, success and long-life learning. I base my life decisions on these values and beliefs. As a nurse, I believe that the core business of nursing is providing quality care to patients with integrity. I only way I can make this possible is by ensuring that I recognize Nursing as a special profession and strive to acquire knowledge. The focus of every nurse should be the needs of the patient including patient safety, healing, empowerment and integrity. My qualities as a nurse are with me all the time. I do not wake up every day to help people because I need the money but because it is my special calling.
As a nurse, I understand and always strive to uphold the professional ethics and standards based not only on the set standards but also on my standards as a nurse. Though I have a philosophy, I do not fear to change it when necessary. As I acquire more Knowledge, I update my professional values and also make changes to my philosophy. Today, I remain in the nursing profession because I realize that being a nurse is a special profession. There are many specialities in nursing and every day brings experiences that I get to learn from. Today, I believe I contribute largely to the nursing profession by offering hope to the hopeless and contributing to the overall well-being of the society at large.Changes in that philosophy over time
Since my early days as a nurse, my philosophy has changed over time. I became a nurse not only to offer help to those who need it but to make a living out of it. My philosophy was to conduct the duties accorded to me diligently and as per set standards. I did not have time to consider my standards as a nurse. I believed that after a high performance, I would be able to advance my skills and advance my career. I did not care much about what happened to the patient provided I did my part and provided health care. However, as time went by I realized that being a nurse is more than conducting accorded duties. I realized that nursing is only for the intellectuals and it requires more than the skills used every day to care for the patients. Some of the skills required are not acquired in a classroom rather are acquired by interacting with others through practice. Over time, I learnt to respect the nursing profession and that the quality of patient care is based on offering a patient centred health care. I thus became compassionate, competent, holistic quality and offered patient-centered care. I learnt to appreciate the special trust endowed on me as a nurse of protecting human life. Today, I appreciate change for the better and strive to acquire knowledge to help me offer quality health care to my patients to my best ability. I envision possibilities and takes courage in pursuing more education when I deem it is necessary.
One of the factors that impacted change in my nursing philosophy was interacting with my patients. Through interacting with patients facing different health care challenges every day, I learnt to appreciate the trust put on me by the patients and the Nursing profession as well. The patients depended on me and trusted me to offer quality care, and this made me reevaluate my beliefs and values. Another factor was the interaction with health care professionals and patient families. Though interacting with my colleagues some of who were more experienced than me, I learnt the power of compassion. I was able to change my approach from that of providing health care to that of providing patient-centered health care. The sorrow and the eyes of the patients’ families pushed me forward in helping these patients. Another factor was the knowledge acquired in the classroom. Through education progression; I acquired more skills and learnt that change is good and inevitable. Changes occur every day in the nursing environment, and one can only change to be able to keep in the tab with such changes. I learnt in the classroom that the only way to be on the frontline in advancing health care is by lifelong learning in the classroom as well as in practice (Gopee, 2001).