WhenI think about the type of nurse I want to grow to become, my thoughts take meto some pretty inspirational people. One of the very first definitions ofnursing was coined by Florence Nightingale. She defined nursing as “putting theclient in the best possible condition for nature to act upon him” (Nightingale,1859, p. 226). This definition has evolved over the years but patient centeredcare has always been at the core. Before I take my first steps as a brand newnurse, it is important to explore my personal values and beliefs that willguide my nursing practice.
My philosophy of nursing incorporates two very differentideas that somehow seamlessly go hand in hand. My philosophy is one that iscentered on the fundamentals of nursing and the knowledge of medicine combinedwith delivering compassionate care and developing trusting relationships withmy patients. Scienceand medical knowledge are fundamental and the foundation of nursing. Preventionof illness and treating those who are already ill are the goals of nursing. Nursesneed to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of nursing and medicinebecause everything just builds on each other from there.
Health care is dynamicand it changes from day to day. This ever evolving profession requires nursesto never stop learning and keep current with best practices. Iwant my patients to take charge of their health and ask me questions abouttheir diagnosis, treatment options, and medications. I want them to feel likethey are a member of the healthcare team and that I am not making all of their decisionsfor them. I want to be known for being kind and compassionate. Having thebrains to be a nurse is very important but so is having the heart. What good ishaving a nursing degree if patients do not want to be seen by you and coworkersdo not want to work with you because of your attitude and how you treat them? Bedsidemanner is a term well known by healthcare professionals and it has been proventhat “A provider’s bedside manner can impact professional reputation in thecommunity, affect the loyalty of patients, and even impact effectiveness”(Person and Finch, 2008).
Ihave many goals I would like to achieve as a nurse. My first goal is to neverlose the desire to learn and always be curious. After graduation, I plan onworking for a year so that I can gain some nursing experience and thenhopefully obtain my master’s degree. I want to stay current and make myselfmarketable by joining a professional organization or hospital committee,attending conferences, obtaining certifications, and taking applicableeducational courses. My second goal is to provide ongoing community service andhelp eliminate health disparities.
I have always been overwhelmed with thedesire to travel to an impoverished country and give back with my nursingskills. This will allow me to interact with people various backgrounds andenhance my understanding of different cultures. My third and final goal is toalways be my patients advocate. I will advocate for safe medicationadministrations, appropriate treatment protocols, and timely symptom management.