Nursingphilosophy is based on individual definitions and professionalorganization. Several factors extrinsically and intrinsicallyinfluence the personal perception of a person about nursingprofession (Masters, 2016). The most important elements that make oneto be a professional nurse is compassion, professionalism, andaccountability (Masters, 2016). This paper discusses my nursingphilosophy and philosophical influences. In addition, it explains howphilosophical foundations of nursing influence my nursing practiceand the relationship between philosophy and knowledge development.Lastly, the paper talks about positivism and positivism, how theyinfluence nursing practice.
Ichose nursing a career because I believe that the aspiration to helpothers through nursing is a great calling. Nursing job fit me bestbecause my demeanor and disposition are well suited for caring forthe sick. Nursing is a noble and honorable profession that need to betreated differently from other jobs. My mission is to offeropen-minded care to people in need regardless of their financialstatus, disability, race, religion culture, or lifestyle choices.
Myphilosophy is to provide safe, holistic patient-centered care whilestriving to uphold Florence Nightingale’s dreams that she had forthe nursing profession and recognize, appreciate art in human beauty. I will consistently understand the needs of people whetheremotional, psychological, or physical and observe professionalism atall time. Like the sculptor who uses his tools to create his craft, Iwill use my tools to create comfort and healing. I will regularlyengage in a continuous professional development and learning toenable me to serve my patients better.
Inrelation to nursing and patient care, one of the aspects of myphilosophy focuses on holistic, patient-centered care. This aspectreflects the philosophical influences that have transformed thenursing profession over the past. All professional nurses arerequired to focus on holistic, patient-centered care (McEwin &Wills, 2014). A holistic view of a patient enables a nurse tointeract with the patient and family on a personal ground where shegets to understand the patient’s values. This type of practicedifferentiates nursing care from physicians care. Holism includesstudying as well as understanding the patient’sbio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions interrelationships. It impliesthat holistic nursing is both concerned with the physical well-beingand mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being of a patient McEwin &Wills, 2014).
Naturally,nursing as a career revolves around patient’s comfort. Comfort ismandatory for a healthy life and thus should an important segment ofholistic nursing care (Powers & Knapp, 2013). It has been proventhat patients who feel more comfortable cope better with theirailment and heal faster than patients who admit feeling uncomfortable(Powers & Knapp, 2013). My goal as a nurse is to ensure that mypatients are physically, emotionally, and mentally comfortable. Mymission is to offer care that is patient centered. I firmly believeit is critical for patients to play an active role in their care andto be part of the decision-making process. I look forward todeveloping a collaborative relationship with my clients so that theirwants and needs are met.
Thisweek readings has shaped my worldview about nursing. I can nowanalyze nursing situations in a critical way. The reading has enableme to note that patient-centered care involves providing care thatmeet the patients need without any form of bias and favoritism(Forss, Ceci & Drummond, 2013). The philosophy ofpatient-centered care recognizes the diversity of human beliefs andexperiences—shaping an infinite range of beliefs about health andthe illness experience—is vital. As a nurse, I would like to builda career that put patients as a priority, winning patients’ trustthus I can get all the details about the patients (Forss, Ceci &Drummond, 2013). I now value what every patient deem important. Evenif his opinions, wishes and demands are something I do not agreewith, I am obliged to respect those need and wishes whole heartedlyto ensure best outcome. The other parts of my philosophy that reflectthe philosophical influences that have transformed the nursingprofession include engaging in a continuous professional developmentand learning to enable me to serve my patients better and withcompassion. To be effective in the nursing field, tenacity,understanding, and compassion are essential (Forss, Ceci &Drummond, 2013). It demands the delivery of excellent care withutmost respect and forbearance for people of all lifestyles and ages.The nurse-patient relationship values the autonomy of patients aspersons through worth and dignity. Patients want to feel listened toand cared for: this feeling depends on the actions of the nurses.Compassion offers a sense to patients that their concerns andcondition are being recognized, heard and acted upon (Dahnke &Dreher, 2013). Nurses that employ compassion behaviors can assistfoster feelings in the patient that the patient and the nurse areworking toward attaining the best possible result for the patient andthe family (Dahnke & Dreher, 2013).
Compassionallows a patient to feel respected, cared for and trust that his orher best interest is in the mind of the nurse (Dahnke & Dreher,2013). Patients who feel they are truly cared for always feel free toprovide small details that may help in a diagnosis or informationthat is critical to improving the care provided to the patient.Compassion makes patients feel relaxed, and this reduces the lengthof stay in the hospital, decreased anxiety, reduce pain, and alargely optimistic or positive outlook on their recovery (Forss, Ceci& Drummond, 2013). Practicing an anticipatory compassion willenable me to become knowledgeable of how an infection or fall cancause the patient avoidable suffering, and take necessary steps toalleviate those issues including critically analyzing the environmentfor possible hazard or practice appropriate infection controlmethods. Besides, a patient would prefer reaching to a nurse whoappears caring to one who seems more interested in other things andnot the patient in the bed (Forss, Ceci & Drummond, 2013).
Professionalismis critical in the field of nursing. The general philosophy ofnursing revolves around helping people even though each person has adifferent viewpoint on achievement without overbearing influence ofpersonal prejudices or biases. As a nurse, I am required to performmy duties and responsibilities with the highest degree ofprofessionalism. In addition to possessing the needed medicalknowledge after lots of testing and studying, I am expected to workwith my patients without any personal bias or prejudice. Nursing as apractice includes right behavior in the place of work, propertreatment of patients, as well as respect for their facility andemployer (Forss, Ceci & Drummond, 2013).
Mypersonal core beliefs and values as a person are derived from part ofmy philosophy statement. To constantly understand the needs of peoplewhether emotional, psychological, or physical, serve them withempathy and engage in a continuous professional development andlearning. My personal values, therefore, are honesty, persistence,kindness, security, family, lifelong learning, and success inachieving my goals. These beliefs and values help me to make personaldecisions in my daily work. I strongly believe that integrity,knowledge, and caring are the core of nursing.
Relationshipbetween Philosophy and knowledge development
Philosophyhas a significant influence on the knowledge development in the fieldof nursing and nurses (Forss, Ceci & Drummond, 2013). Knowledgeis built on theories alongside their disciplinary goals andphilosophical bases, which are the guiding outline for the practice(Masters, 2016). As a nurse, I strive to do what is appropriate, notonly with physical care but also ethically and because I am anadvocate for my patients. Philosophy offers the basis for which thenursing knowledge is developed. Philosophy has a positive influenceon the knowledge development in nursing. Without philosophy, nursingknowledge would not have advanced or evolved quickly. The frameworksguiding the nursing practice is mainly built on theories withdisciplinary goals and philosophical bases. The development ofnursing knowledge is inspired by the philosophies and theories ofscholars through research (Masters, 2016).
Thelink between philosophy and knowledge development is evident in myphilosophy and practice as I heavily rely on theories and nursingphilosophy to improve my services and offer quality care to mypatients. My focus on patient healing, safety, needs, and empowermentare all anchored in my nursing philosophy. My professional andnursing philosophies are consistent because my personal beliefsoverlay the driving forces behind the core of nursing. Philosophy hasgenerated good nursing practices by essentially inventingintellectual thought as well as rigorous reasoning (Masters, 2016).Philosophy continues to influence my nursing knowledge by framing mypractices, values, and bringing awareness to my weaknesses. Allowingthe philosophy of doing good to shape the nursing education willenable us to do what is the very best of the nursing profession.
Nursingphilosophical foundations greatly influence my nursing practice. Asnurses, we confront problems daily in clinical practice. Most ofthese problems are dimensional, complex, and partially resolved. Ihave employed the philosophical foundations to identify corephenomena of interests with my profession as well as access diverseexperiences and interpretations of reality. The basic of philosophyhas enabled me to explore what nursing practice truly means to me.Besides, I have become more conscious of principles that are criticalto nursing practice. It has allowed me to value holistic nursing andappreciating, and to respect all my patients. I can now treat mypatients with dignity and respect their culture.
Positivismis basically an epistemological position stating that knowledgeshould describe what people have experience (Powers & Knapp,2013). The main objective of science is to enable people believe onwhat has been observed and measured. Advocates of positivism believedthat knowledge and objective truth existed and that the goal ofscience was to go out and discover it. According to Powers &Knapp (2013), positivism is a guideline that allows the world toacknowledge things through observation and experiments as well ascommon decrees proved using quantification and measurementapproaches. Positivism has influence in both the field of nursing andnursing research. When positivism is utilized through inductivereasoning characterized by specific experiences or observationsprocesses leading to an outcome that can be generalized (Powers &Knapp, 2013). Under this rational thinking, nursing research and manydisciplines employ the scientific technique—a positivism approach‘’per excellence’’. For instance, the Applying Nurse Processis a scientific method in nursing directly derived for positivism(Grove Burns & Gray, 2013).
Post-positivismrejects the central doctrines of positivism (Grove Burns & Gray, 2013). It states that all observations are fallible and prone toerrors and that all theories can be revised. Post-positivism has beenemployed to minimize researcher contamination, therefore, resultingin a more accurate truth. It has shaped nursing philosophy thusenhancing quality care.
Nursingphilosophy is based on individual definitions and professionalorganization. Several factors extrinsically and intrinsicallyinfluence the personal perception of a person about nursingprofession. My philosophy is to provide safe, holisticpatient-centered care while striving to uphold Florence Nightingale’sdreams that she had for the nursing profession and recognize,appreciate art in human beauty. It is through philosophy that newideas are developed in nursing. Philosophy offers the basis for whichthe nursing knowledge is developed. Philosophy has a positiveinfluence on the knowledge development in nursing. Withoutphilosophy, nursing knowledge would not have advanced or evolvedquickly. Therefore, Philosophy is an instrumental tool in the fieldof nursing just like positivism and post-positivism. Positivismallows us to describe only the knowledge we experiences whilepost-positivism rejects the principal dogmas of positivism.
Modernnursing is dynamic, multi focused, and dynamic. Since the error ofFlorence Nightingale, the main goal of nursing has not changed: tooffer safe and caring environment that promotes the well-being andhealth of patients. The care giving environment can be improvedthrough the effective utilization of interpersonal tool for example,advocacy. Nurses are expected to maintain their individual knowledgeand education following their successful completion of nursingprogram. With an emphasis on personal professional development thatrationally kindles and promote one’s autonomy with her givenpractice specialty, a nurse can improve her poise and professionalimpetus hence, providing a solid base on which to anchor her nursingjudgment. Developing a personal nursing philosophy is critical as itenable a nurse to develop a positive attitude towards providingquality and patient-centered care.
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