I chose nursing as my profession because nursing is what I have always been around individuals who needed to be cared for since I was six years old. Nursing was natural for me. I came from a small town in the south, folks were poor and my aunt was considered the “nurse” of the community. I looked up to her every day and I knew I would someday be like her. Nursing to me is compassion for those who are not able to care for themselves. The circumstance and surroundings has never been an issue. If I can give assistance, I will.
I believe that the core of nursing is to teach. Sharing knowledge is to help empower another individual. It can be teaching a family member how to care for their loved one or teaching the patient about their disease process. Whatever the situation, helping them to understand will make their journey less fearful.
I believe that the focus of nursing is to be kind, self-determined, non-judgmental, and to know your professional boundaries. A nurse can be educated form the best schools, but if you do not have these qualities, caring for others will be very difficult. A nurse is culturally diverse, and those you care for are all equal.
My vision for myself as a nurse is that I will be a better educator. Be a role model for the younger generation; share my knowledge and years of experience with them. Instill in them traditions as well as new technology. I do not believe you can teach caring it has to come from the heart. I will educate myself as well as those around me, and not confuse that with my own beliefs. By searching out and understanding myself, I will be open to give holistic care.
To live out my philosophy of nursing, every day I must remember this about the following:
1.My patients: needs come first, I will keep my nursing skills sharp and my education up to date. Work side by side with my team to bring better organization to my patients care in a timely manner. I will evaluate my patients care and communicate with the physician and be accountable for my actions, involving the patient in their care. I will evaluate how my patient perceives their care. 2.My patients’ families: Will be educated about my patent’s care plan and help them communicate with the physician, so long as my patient wishes this information to be discussed. I will involve my patient’s family with their care. 3.My fellow health care professionals: I will set an appropriate role model for my team. Sharing my knowledge with them, keeping the lines of communication open, evaluating their understanding.. 4.My own health: and wellbeing, to keep my mind sharp and open to new ideas, traditions, and my body strong. Remember the oath I took when I raised my hand and promised to be caring and to do no harm to my patients that need my help.
Chitty, K. K. & Black, B. P. (2010). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders.