Philosophy of nursing

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Nursing as a human science tries to find and explains the phenomena of human life and human health experiences of individuals, families, or other variety group of people. How can human life be defined? Each person has different points of view to define human life. Human health experiences as science are behavioral functions of human life. The nursing profession bases its practice on human science. This generates knowledge for nurses through education, experience, and research. There are three concepts related to my reflections.
The first concept is Humanism and Humanistic Nursing Theory. Encarta Dictionary says that humanism is a system of thought that centers on human beings and their values, capacities, and worth. Encarta also goes on the say that, in the philosophy, humanism is an attitude that emphasizes the dignity and worth of an individual. Humanistic Nursing Theory is defined as “A theory and practice that rest on an existential philosophy, value experiencing and the evolving of the "new," and aim at a phenomenological description of the art-science of nursing viewed as a lived intersubjective transactional” (Paterson & Zderad’s Humanistic Nursing Theory Information Website, 2007). This concept includes individuality, intersubjectivity, and interpersonal relationship. Each individual is considered unique and distinguished from others. Different cultural backgrounds, experiences, personalities, emotions, and talents define a person as a unique individual. In the group discussion in class, even though the “ I want help in and I can help in” sentence was the same, my classmate had different answers because they are different individuals (Reflection 3). Also, the term can be found intersubjective, which is pertaining to two or more human beings and shared between them (Paterson & Zderad’s Humanistic Nursing Theory Information Website, 2007). We, as a nurse,
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