Philosophy of Nursing
Nursing should not be looked upon or practiced as a mere physical approach to healing. Nursing should encompass the aspect of restoring each individual patient to his/her maximum physical and emotional state of being. In order to achieve such a goal, a patient must be able to bond with her caregiver on a personal level (Blais & Hayes, 2011). Jean Watson’s caritas factors sets an environment where the patient can obtain optimum health benefits (Blais & Hayes, 2011). The goal of this paper is to state my philosophy of nursing, the important dynamics and values that led me to adopting this philosophy, and the reason why I choose nursing as a profession. I will further explain how Jean Watson’s principles of philosophy is similar to my view of nursing, and the history behind her Human Caring Theory.
My Philosophy of Nursing
My philosophy of nursing is one that encompasses the promotion of the physical and emotional health of patients. A nurse should possess qualities that will promote the highest possible functional and emotional state of her patient. Compassion, patience, trustworthiness, and dedication are all of the utmost importance when caring for someone. Nurses must be able to empathize with their patients to fully understand their feelings about their condition and course of care. If a patient fails to entrust her caregiver enough to reveal his thoughts and feelings, then the best possible outcome will not be accomplished. However, achievement can be accomplished by having the patience to sincerely listen to the patient’s ideas and incorporate them into the treatment regimen (Zolnierek, 2013). A dedicated nurse can empower strength and endurance within her patient.
My participation with the care of a family member and exposure to the health care field as an adolescent was the guiding force behind my choice of profession. I recognized the gratifying feelings that accompanied the assistance of increasing another person’s livelihood. Experiencing the dependence, trust, and sincere gratification that was entrusted upon the nursing staff left me with great respect towards the profession (Blais & Hayes, 2011). Witnessing the patience, strength, and compassionate attributions that nurses convey within their care was remarkable. Having the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of another human being was a very overwhelming and humbling experience for me. Therefore, these encounters set the foundation towards my pursuit of a nursing career.
As a nurse, I familiarize and incorporate Jean Watson’s caritas principles into my professional and person life. Human caring is the core of the healing process (DiNapoli, Nelson, Turkel, & Watson, 2010). Patients will often cease with the continuation of their therapy if it is not meaningful to them. A nurse should strive to understand and truly care for her patient in order to form a healing relationship (Zolnierek, 2013). Establishing trust within a relationship...