Personal Definition of Nursing
Nursing is a profession not a career path or job. Nursing encompasses implementing patient and family centered care based on science and evidence based research. Nursing requires a personal commitment to caring for the patient or client in a holistic manner. Each patient and family you come in contact with have unique values, challenges, views and past experiences which will influence the manner in which they accept care and respond to care received. Nurses not only treat patients physical problems but also the emotions that accompany their illnesses.
Nursing is an evolving profession which changes and grows with evidence based research and the development of new concepts and theories. I see nursing interventions and goals change with the advances in medical treatments as well as the regulatory requirements and pay for performance that is tied to all care.
A nurse is a professional who can choose many different career paths and interact with patients/clients of all ages. A nurse is truly the patient's advocate and must ensure that the patient's needs are met by the health care team to ensure that the patient can return to the highest level of function achievable.
This is an exciting time in health care as we move into Electronic Medical Records, Managed Medical Home and coordination of care.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing Practice
My nursing practice is based on compassion, caring, and ethical treatment of every patient. Treating a person's medical condition is only a part of the complex picture that involves many factors which may have contributed to their illness or disability. The environment they live in, their understanding of treatment options and educational needs they have also impact the outcomes. I find the knowledge and experience I have acquired related to prevention, intervention and treatment of a condition is not always easily understood by the patient or family. I enjoy being a health care resource to family, friends and others who need someone to talk to about health care decisions. Caring about my patient's needs and having compassion through listening to another person's problems are important to my practice.
The variety of practice settings I have worked in has allowed me to experience many different types of nursing. I have worked as a camp nurse, school nurse and critical care nurse in the hospital setting. A nurse must be able to interact and communicate with patients and families from all cultures and backgrounds.
In December of 2012 I received my MSN in Nursing, from Liberty University through independent study and preceptors at UHS. I aspire to use my knowledge and experience to impact the profession of nursing through my practice and teaching.