Personal Philosophy of Nursing

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My Personal Nursing Philosophy
Kimberly A. Anderson RN, BSN
Holy Names University
The purpose of this paper is to identify and describe my personal nursing philosophy and growth objectives in the context of preparing for the advanced practice role of Nurse Educator. Nurses are educators in the sense that they educate their patients on their health status, diagnostic interventions, medications, and after-care instructions in some manner during most interpersonal interactions. Nurses educate the physician and other healthcare team members when communicating a patient’s information, responses to interventions or special methods to utilize when approaching the patient. Nurses educate each other through the sharing of techniques, knowledge, and expertise gained from experience. Though nurses generally align themselves with a favorite nursing theorist to form their approach to practice, many concepts are based on the basic metaparadigm of nursing: person, environment, health, and nurse. It is difficult to only utilize one theory as the practice of nursing addresses many different clients, environments and situations. I plan to utilize multiple nursing theories throughout the educational and professional growth process while pursuing a graduate degree: McAuley’s careful nursing philosophy, and professional practice model, Benner’s model of skill acquisition, and Leininger’s culture-care theory.

Multiple nursing theorists, as well as those from other disciplines have attempted to define person, health, and environment. These concepts form the foundation, along with the concept of nursing as practice, the basic metaparadigm, or ideology of nursing. It is difficult, if not impossible to only utilize one theory, or philosophy to address what nursing practice and caring concepts are due to the complex nature of their interactions. I propose to add and

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