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Nursing Philosophy

Nursing Philosophy

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Philosophy on Nursing
Caitlin KretschmarUniversity of New Hampshire
AbstractThis paper contains my personal explanation on what Nursing means to me. It goesthrough the 5 cornerstones of the metaparadigm: Nursing, Health, Environment, Caringand Person. This paper thoroughly explains my opinion on these cornerstones and theirparticipation in the meaning of Nursing. This paper references the mother of nursingFlorence Nightingale. The definition of nursing as defined by The International Councilof Nurses is also included.
Philosophy on Nursing
“Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individualsof all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings”
 (International Council of Nurses, 2010). Nursing can be defined in many different ways;to me nursing is about the characteristics that a person is born with. It takes a special typeof person to be a nurse; a person cannot develop the qualities needed for nursing. To me,a true nurse is someone who has a natural instinct to help people. They treat every patientwith the same warmth and compassion as a mother would their child. The 5 cornerstonesof the metaparadigm are Nursing, Health, Environment, Caring and Person. I took these 5cornerstones and made them into the pillars of my nursing philosophy.Health is the state at which a persons mind, body, and soul are in. This state couldbe good or bad. If a person is in bad health or something is not right it is the nurses job to
implement a plan and bring that person back to good health. A nurse’s job is to keep
people in good health, and prevent bad health. I sincerely believe that a nurse shouldteach the patient ways to maintain proper health, so that they can continue to practice itwhen not in the hospital setting. A nurse is there to listen to the patient and advocate fortheir health. I think that patient teaching is one of the most important aspects of health.Environment plays a huge part in the role of nursing. The environment can be thedifference between a short stay at the hospital or a quite long one. Florence Nightingale
described the importance of cleanliness in “Notes on Nursing” (1969) cleanliness and
fresh air from open windows with unremitting attention to the patient, are the onlydefence a true nurse either asks or needs (p.34). A patient always needs a clean and freshenvironment to recover in. No matter what state a patient is in a nurse should always be

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