Nursing Philosophy Essay

Length: 4 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Health - Nursing Type: Essay Paper: #4094443 Related Topics: Community Nursing, Philosophy Of Nursing, Deontology, Nursing Career
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¶ … nursing profession has debated the relevance of nursing models to nursing practice and it is clear that most nurses, particularly practicing nurses, continue to judge them to be not relevant" (Meehan, 2012, p. 2906). I disagree and believe firmly in implementation of sound nursing models in nursing practice. My philosophy nursing centers around holistic care and knowledge of care to drive practice. This means that in order to heal and assist patients and clients, one must be willing approach a situation from a multi-level perspective. Nutrition, activity level, supplementation, and stress management are just some of the levels one as a nurse should discuss and monitor in patients. "Traditionally, nurses have sought to care for the whole person and as formal nursing knowledge was developed, this intention was conceptualized as holistic nursing" (Meehan, 2012, p. 992). Furthermore, keeping up-to-date with research and innovative practices will keep me informed on what to expect from patient illnesses but also how to help.

When it comes to certain situations, I believe that not being an advocate for a patient is always bad in any and every circumstance. I believe that nurses should always stand up for the patient's rights and act as an advocate. This can be seen in two ways. One way is in keeping with upholding patient's rights, one stands to avoid any legal ramifications by the patient for any accidents and/or misunderstandings.

Another is, if a patient is well informed of their rights and are comfortable, they are more willing to reveal more information that can help with diagnosis and management. Furthermore they will be more open to follow instruction and carry out goals to better health. "Community nurses may end up playing a big part in deciding where patients might be cared for and eventually die, hence the importance of forging strong therapeutic relationships with relatives" (Nyatanga, 2010, p. 413). Connection is developed by trust and communication, without proper advocacy for patient rights, that connection from patient to medical...


I do believe that I have an innate knowledge of right and wrong and that everyone does whether they practice it or not. If people believe in themselves and follow their intuition, they'll know instructively what is right and wrong. I think I learned right and wrong from many things in life. My sense of morality I feel I learned most from my parents. They were the ones that guided me when I was small and didn't know much about anything, especially when it came to morality and common sense.

I feel that parents play a huge role in developing character and the development of children in life in guiding them towards the right direction. Society also plays a big role in many different ways, from rules and regulations to observing how people react to behaviors in person and in the media. "…disaster and its causes coincide with our moral reactions since Acts of God are reduced in their impact as being 'natural' disasters -- and yet disaster that could be read as human in its origin is read through the same lens -- nature and culture are the same" (Rudge, 2011, p. 173). Society in general tends to not accept people who are not doing the things they should. People typically want acceptance in life and not be outsiders or rule breakers so therefore seeing people as whole react to certain things taught me what is acceptable in society and what is not. This does not mean I don't deviate from society's norms, however I am well aware.

I believe right and wrong originate from the idea that people want to be accepted and people innately knowing what will cause them harm or help them. This means the source of morality comes from within…

Sources Used in Documents:


Meehan, T.C. (2012). Spirituality and spiritual care from a Careful Nursing perspective. Journal of Nursing Management, 20, 992.

Meehan, T.C. (2012). The Careful Nursing philosophy and professional practice model. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21, 2905-2907.

Nyatanga, B. (2010). Managing competing philosophies with palliative care. British Journal of Community Nursing V, 18(8), 413.

Rudge, T. (2011). The 'well-run' system and its antinomies. Nursing Philosophy, 12, 167-176.

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