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Personal Nursing Philosophy The philosophy of nursing is defined as the intellectual and affective outcomes of the professional nurses efforts to 1 understand the ultimate relationships between humans their environment and health 2 approach nursing as a scientific discipline 3 Integrate a sense of values and 4 articulate a personal belief system about human beings environment health and nursing as a process according to Leddy Pepper 1998 To understand the ultimate relationships between humans their environment and health is to care for them Caring so that each person is treated as a unique and special individual regardless of where he or she lives and where he or she is from Nursing must truly care for and be sensitive with the needs of others Nursing must set goals to promote the well being of patients and their families Nurses are to use their knowledge and skill to provide the care that is appropriate for and required by patients Nurses must provide care according to the standards that have been set by the profession This requires an ongoing critical assessment of ones professional nursing practice by self and others This process enables nurses to improve their knowledge and skill so that patients and their families benefit Nurses integrate a sense of value by reflecting on their personal experiences and examine their personal beliefs regarding patient care The nurse can reflect on the reasons for choosing nursing as a career Its important to reflect on ones character because personal qualities and characteristics help determine trust in a relationship Quality care follows from a relationship based on trust and the promise that nurses have made to give competent and compassionate care Nurses need to continually assess their ability to function within the health care system and the change in staff and skill mix Nurses have the responsibility to maintain their competence and are accountable to communicate performance deficiencies By communicating performance deficiencies to their supervisor educational
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