The intent of this paper is to address my personal description of nursing. Throughout this paper, I will discuss how nursing is applied through uniqueness to healthcare, profession, caring, and mission. I will also include theorists who I will apply to my own practice along with my personal experiences and opinions.
Nursing’s Uniqueness to the Health Care Industry
Nursing is unique to the healthcare industry because nurses use a holistic approach. Holistic care involves caring for patients as a whole, with an awareness of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions and needs (Crawford, 2010). This statement to me explains why nurses are so unique to the healthcare. A nurse’s care for patients is about additional needs rather than just the physical needs. Patients are cared for by nurses on every level.
Nurses differ from physicians because physicians are only there for one health issue and to resolve that issue. After physicians have fixed the believed to be problematic issue nurses are left to care for patients and any of issues that may arise. This means that nurses walk in a room not knowing what the patient will emotionally be like, but nurses never give up on their patients because of foul experiences. They are there for their patients 100%.
Nurses are thrown challenges on a daily basis, but they are always trying to educate, care, and lead the patient into the right direction. Nurses respect patients as the persons they are and will fight for the rights of their patients. All nurses are needed every day.
Nursing is a Profession
Hilliard (2005) stated education entails the acquisition of critical thinking abilities, as well as skills in problem solving, effective communication and the demonstration of empathy and caring. Education is a main factor in separating nursing from an occupation and placing it as a profession. Education teaches nurses the information needed for their practice. Nurses need education not only to correctly care for a patient but to also educate patients on bettering themselves for healthier lifestyles.
Nursing programs teach their students rather than train. Nurses are taught to think quickly and effectively to care for patients.
How Caring Fits into Nursing
Caring is one of the main aspects of nursing. Nurses take care of their patients through health but nurses show care by showing empathy to the patient and family. Nurses show care everyday by not knowing a person but willing to help that person. Nurses care about the well-being of all people.
Caring requires the nurse to have a deep connection to the spirit within the self and to the spirit within the patient (Lachman, 2012). Nurses are able to hold a connection with patients.
My Definition of Nursing
My definition of nursing would be a selfless profession. Everyday men and women wake up and go about their days as nurses. As nurses these people deal with unimaginable situations but they never turn their backs on patients,...