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Philosophy of Nursing

Philosophy of Nursing

Shirley Liang NUR 4130 Philosophy of Nursing I grew up often wondering how one single individual can make a positive difference in the world. It didn’t take long before I found the answer to that question. I knew from the moment I saw a nurse make a positive impact on a loved one’s life that I wanted to be a part of that entire experience. Nursing is a rewarding career in that each engagement is an opportunity to make a valuable contribution in not just the patient’s life but in the lives of the patient’s loved ones as well. My philosophy is that nurses should act as beneficent advocates and provide individualized patient care through evidence based practice. My goal as a nurse is to implement that philosophy into my field of practice as I continue further in my career path. An imperative value for nurses to put forth is the ethical principle of beneficence which states that nurses should promote good. Frank Stuart Kinsinger in his article, “Beneficence and the professional’s moral imperative”, defines beneficence as an act of charity, mercy, and kindness with a strong connotation of doing good to others including moral obligation. Nurses are front line healthcare workers who are expected to deliver high quality care. The amount of dedication a nurse puts into the ethical principle of beneficence plays a huge role in the patient’s outcome. Disregarding this principle contradicts the purpose of being a nurse and jeopardizes the wellbeing of the patient. Nurses should seek to perform with beneficence as advocates in the best interest of the patient. Advocating for patients involve speaking for or against policies and implementations in accordance with the patients’ wishes. Patients often look to nurses for advice or help because they are more familiar with nurses than other healthcare professionals. Nurses should honor the trust from patients and provide support for their rights and wishes. It is important to keep in mind that each patient has their own individualized set of needs and wants. Although nurses are exposed to different people very often, they must not forget each has their identity. Respecting each person’s own identity is a basic form of compassion. Every individual is entitled their own specific care plan to ensure implementations will be effective. Implementations should be based on evidence based practice as they are shown to increase patient safety and improve quality of outcomes. Nursing research in evidence based practice can be a major advantage for nurses and patients. As the healthcare system continues to evolve, nurses should look to attain higher levels of education and training in order to adapt to the innovative technological advancements. It is the responsibility of a nurse to act with beneficence as advocates, provide individualized patient care, and incorporate evidence based research into patient care. Nursing is a continuous learning experience. Some things may be challenging but is also very rewarding when positive contributions are made. It is a career that requires dedication. Reference Kinsinger, F. S. (2009). Beneficence and the professional’s moral imperative. Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, 16(1), 44–46.

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