Personal Nursing Philosophy

As I reflect on my nursing education I recognize that I have unknowingly created a set of values and beliefs for myself, otherwise known as my personal nursing philosophy.  A product of my knowledge obtained from classroom lectures, and my interactions with a diversity of patients, family members, and healthcare professionals at my clinical sites, my personal nursing philosophy reveals the tremendous evolution I have made from the role of a student nurse into the role of a registered nurse. As I continue to advance in my career, my ethics associated with a diverse patient population, the environment, and the role of a professional nurse, will progress with me.

I believe that each patient should be treated as an individual and given the best quality of care, regardless of their gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious preference, socioeconomic status, or immoral choices they may have made. Every patient is worthy of respect, even when their views differ from my own.  Each patient has the right to honesty, and to feel safe. No patient deserves to die alone.

I believe patients, patient visitors, and the healthcare team all deserve an environment that is safe and promotes wellness, physical and emotional healing, and learning. A patient’s hospital room should be regarded as their own personal space. Patient privacy should never be compromised. I have observed renewed strength in a breath of fresh air, comfort in feeling the warmth from the sun, and hope in the smile of an unexpected visitor.

I have faith that I will learn at least one new thing every day, and I will share my knowledge with as many people as I can. Educating patients is essential, and something I value. Integrating evidence based practice into my clinical work will help me establish positive patient outcomes. I believe in creating trusting and therapeutic relationships with patients and their loved ones. The concept of patient centered care is something I support, and I treat others as I myself would want to be treated.  I will be an advocate for my patients at all times.  I am devoted to representing myself as a valuable member of a healthcare team, and I am committed to assisting my patients in reaching their personal well-being.