Personal Philosophy of NursingZahyris MorejonSouth University Personal Philosophy of NursingEach professional has their own personal philosophy of the nursing profession, which is based on the way they think about the nursing profession and all of its elements. Over all it brings the individual’s beliefs and values and their influence on nursing practice. Of course, I also have my personal philosophy. Throughout my short nursing career, I have always tried to understand it in detail. I have always had the desire to find out what nursing really means to me and what affects my practice. In order to answer these and associated questions, I will discuss a theory that shapes my perception of nursing, the way it affects my practice, my personal definition of key concepts of the selected theory, guiding values, and my communication style. Nursing Theory and Its Involvement in Nursing PracticeAs a nurse, I realize that my major goal is to be an influence in people’s well-being by caring for them. I truly believe that the most significant part of my job is assisting patients in having normal lives when they leave the hospital. Dorothea Orem ‘s Self-Care Theory describes my perception of nursing better than other theories. According to it, patient’s ability to maintain self-care should be the priority for professionals. It includes those activities people perform in order to have good well-being and health. Orem considers that individuals are in charge of their own care and others (relatives) requiring care (Wayne, 2014). The nursing process is what I use to identify what should be done to meet patients’ self-care demands. First of all, I find out and establish why a person requires my nursing skills. Once I make this establishment I decide what kind of care is needed and develop a plan to deliver it. It is always important to collect data about the patients’ health condition, revealing requirements for self-care and finding out if this patient is able to perform it. As a result, I identify how self-deficits can be improved and provide associated support/education for the patient to be able to pass this obstacle. Some of the things I do is help my patients by guiding, teaching, providing physical and psychological support. Using Orem’s theory, I help to promote health maintenance among the representatives of the general public. Orem’s theory allows me to realize that most of the patients are willing to take care of themselves, all it takes is for me as a nurse to involve them in their treatment. Assisting them in the process of recovery through guidance and education, I manage to provide my clients with an opportunity to save their dignity and perform care personally.Personal Definitions of Major ConceptsI believe that nursing is not just a profession that is going to provide me with an opportunity to earn for living. It is an opportunity for me to help those who suffer from some illnesses or have particular disabilities that prevent them from living usual lives. In this framework, nursing gives me a chance not just to help patients fulfill their self-care needs but also to facilitate the provision of the medical care. As a result, I manage to promote health and its restoration. Nowadays, healthcare services are usually patient-centered that is why it is not surprising that the concept of a person is to be discussed as one of the major values for a professional. For me, a person is a human being and a material object that requires care. Moreover, I realize that my patients are social units who belong to some family and culture. In this way, I can consider the possibility of their assistance when developing a self-care nursing plan. Moreover, I do not forget that patient’s relatives may require care, which affects my interventions and client’s recovery.As a healthcare professional, I pay much attention to people’s health. This concept is critical for me because I perceive it as my major objective. In general, it is significant to ensure that an individual is sound and that any diseases are absent. However, health also presupposes individual’s emotional and mental well-being (“Dorothea Orem self-care deficit nursing theory explained,” 2017). All in all, I consider that health is to be associated with person’s ability to reflect on him/herself, understand the experience, and get in contact with others.The concept of environment is important for nursing practice because it affects patients constantly. It is not only the world in which a person exists. The environment can be physical and biological, social and cultural. It gathers people, places, and objects with their characteristics and features. Even relationships can create a positive or negative environment that has an influence on human well-being. Families, cultures, communities, and surrounding should be considered when speaking about this concept. Values that Guide My PracticePersonal beliefs and values affect the way people perceive the world and affect their decision-making process. In addition to those critical for nursing concepts that were already discussed, I have several values associated with my profession that guide my practice on the everyday basis. These are those elements I consider to be crucial for a good professional because they ensure that high-quality care is delivered to a patient. First of all, I believe that the value of accountability is significant for my profession because those actions I perform and decisions I make have enormous influence on other individuals. It is vital for me to realize my responsibility for them to do my best in all situations (NMBI, 2014). I cannot make spontaneous decisions when taking care of a patient because wrong actions can lead to adverse health outcomes. Moreover, I should be able to explain my actions if some issues occur. One of my professional values is an interprofessional collaborative practice. Being a nurse, I often get in touch with various professionals because they also work with my patients, as they have multiple healthcare needs. It is critical for me to be able to find a common language with all these people and to communicate with them efficiently because the way we share information about patients and their condition can affect the delivery of care and its outcomes. Working as a team member, I should not forget about my personal duties for my action not to exceed them.Nurses should act in the framework of social justice, providing all patients with the services of the same quality. Healthcare facilities usually serve diverse populations, and personal prejudices should not affect practice (Shahriari, Mohammadi, Abbaszadeh, & Bahrami, 2013). My obligation is to satisfy healthcare needs of all patients who require my assistance regarding of their social status and other individual characteristics such as age, race, or religion.In addition to that, my task is to ensure that I reveal my professionalism in all actions I perform and decisions I make. It is critical for me to have knowledge and skills required to cope with my duties. Moreover, I should make patients feel convenient when interacting with them so that we do not cross the line of professional relationships and become friends.In this way, taking care of a patient, I also interact with his/her family. I educate all of them regarding clients’ condition. I treat all my patients, in the same way, avoiding any discrimination based on their cultural and racial characteristics. I pay much attention to patients’ perceptions and beliefs, developing a plan for self-care. I always gather much information about my clients, to ensure that I am able to make a well-grounded decision that will benefit them. Communication StyleCommunication is critical for healthcare professionals because they need to make patients clearly understand and follow their recommendations. Personally, I use assertive communication that provides me with an opportunity to sound assertive. Due to my high self-esteem, I manage to stand my ground without yielding to other people’s needs (Flannery, 2016). At the same time, I do not manipulate others, using aggressive approaches. In this way, my behavioral characteristics are the following: 1) I achieve my goals without threats and manipulations; 2) I can protect my rights and make others respect me; 3) I take responsibility for all my decisions; 4) I ask for what I deserve. My voice is at the medium volume, and my speech is clear and polite. I have an open posture and even gestures. My facial expression is neutral, and I tend to keep eye contact. As a result, it is not difficult for me to collaborate with the members of an interdisciplinary team. I listen to them attentively and require them to do the same. I am ready to consider ideas of their professionals even if they oppose mine. I manage to support my views and ensure that they are not ignored by others. Nevertheless, assertive communication is sometimes considered to be rude because I tend to stand my ground even if others do not agree with me. It also may make me sound over-confident or appear to be counter-productive (Shukla, 2017). Even if there are people who perceive me as an arrogant person, I consider that assertive communication style is the best option for a nurse.
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