Personal Philosophy of Nursing

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Personal Philosophy of Nursing

Kristen Bunge

University of Phoenix


February 20, 2008

Personal Philosophy of Nursing

My philosophy in nursing is to uphold the dignity of my patients during their vulnerable time of need, care for the patients physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally; current beliefs and values that I try to uphold throughout my life. According to Chitty, "philosophy is defined as the study of the principles underlying conduct, thought, and the nature of the universe" (p. 318). To determine my philosophy of nursing care I had to reevaluate my beliefs and values.

My values are learned from my personal growth, involvement with family and friends, and respecting others beliefs and opinions. My beliefs are that modern medicine is a great way of healing through research and technology. I believe patients mental and physical health needs should be evaluated and treated if necessary by a healthcare team and support groups.

As part of the team, I will care for the patients and their families during distressed times. I will work as an advocate to carry out, to the best of my knowledge and skills, the essential care to provide the best experience in healthcare that each patient and family deserves.

I believe nursing care needs to be holistic, "nourishing the whole person, that is, the body, mind and spirit" (Chitty, 2007 p. 312); I think that is what defines us as nurses in the healthcare field. It is the nurse's responsibility to incorporate our knowledge, skills and available resources, so we can improve our patient's quality of life. The American Nurses Association, ANA, defines nursing as "the protection, promotion, optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury" (Lance, 2007, p. 11). I try...