Personal Philosophy of Nursing
I have never given much thought to my own personal philosophy of nursing or tried to put it into words but, thinking about it, it is simply something that I am. Being a nurse is a part of me and is the path that God chose for me to take. I entered college at the age of 17, mainly because it was expected of me and declared a major in Health and Physical Ed. Having always been involved in sports, it was something that I knew and did well. As a healthy child and adolescent, I wasn??™t even familiar with what a nurse was and being one had never crossed my mind. About two years after entering college, I was chatting with a friend one day and she talked about her desire to be a nurse and made it sound like a wonderful thing to do. Something inside of me changed and without even knowing at that point what a nurse really was, I shocked my family and friends by announcing that I was going to try nursing. I dropped out of college and went to work as a nursing assistant to see if nursing was something I would like. From that point on, the course of my life was set into motion.
In those early years, I just wanted to ???make a difference.??? I was told by my nursing directors, and instructors that I would never make it as a nurse because I was too headstrong and independent. I knew I would prove them wrong and went on about my way. Nursing supervisors over the years changed the criticism from headstrong to ???free spirited.??? Within the profession, I found a way to combine those parts of me by working in a fast-paced Emergency Department alternating with the world of Mental Health.
Over the span of many years, my own philosophy of wanting to make a difference never changed but it did grow. I began to realize that Nursing really was a ???calling.??? A gift from God that you were born with, and not something you could just ???become.??? You can??™t teach a person empathy, or compassion, or love. It has to come from within and all we can do is educate someone and give them the tools to find those feelings within themselves. Because nurses are all of those, nursing today is one of the top trusted and respected professions and I am so happy and proud to be a part of it.
What is the essence of nursing It is men and women who dedicate their lives to making a difference in the lives of those who are sick or wounded. People, who advocate for those who are unable, educate others in order that they may improve their own lives, and care for families that are scared or in pain due to the circumstances of their loved ones. They are honest, dependable, well-educated and spiritual. Nursing is not a ???job??? or a ???paycheck???, but a way of life and it shows in every aspect of the way they live their lives.
I do feel that it is the responsibility of any profession to take charge of the directions that they are moving in. Teaching the younger ones coming behind them, taking an interest in the policies, advancement and research that affect the profession, and staying up to date on their own education, are all important areas that must also be addressed by each and every member of that profession. It is also our responsibility to insure that the integrity of the nursing profession is maintained and that those who wish to sully the name or reputation of Nursing are not allowed to do so.
In the care of my own patients, I try to be respectful, patient, understanding, and aware of their needs at the time. It is important to me that they and their families are kept well informed and are given the knowledge and ability to participate in the decisions affecting their care. If I can ease the pain of one person, calm the fears of another, or see someone broken returned to a healthy state then I feel I??™ve made that ???difference.??? If I hold the hand of someone as they are living their last moments, I am honored to be allowed to spend that time them. In the thirty-two years that I have spent in nursing, I hope that I have taken my ???gift??? and used it as God intended.