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After careful thought, write your personal philosophy of nursing. The purpose of a philosophy statement in your portfolio is to describe the what, how, and why you do what you do in terms of your beliefs and values. A good beginning might include your reasons for choosing to become a nurse. It could also include how you expect to advance through further education, increasing your skills, and/or joining a professional organization, etc. Your philosophy must address the four concept of nursing’s metaparadigm: person, environment, health, and nursing. Define what each of the concepts means to you and how these concepts relate to each other. Wherever possible, provide concrete examples that demonstrate how these definitions are operationalized in practice. Discussing your ideas with one or more classmates may help you to clarify your ideas. In the future, a potential employer or university admissions counselor may ask for a statement of your philosophy and you would only need to make minor changes for the specific purpose. You would include how your philosophy would show that you would be a good “fit” for the position, or further education. Nevertheless, you should review it from time to time so that it shows how you are growing professionally. This makes your philosophy a “work in progress.” Have an effective beginning, middle, and end. Use formal language, but make it show your individual uniqueness. Limit your statement to two pages. Use the information presented by the instructor in class to help you get started.

A RUBRIC THAT INCLUDES WHAT IS TO BE EXPECTED IS ATTACHED AS WELL AS A SAMPLE NURSING PHILOSOPHY FROM ANOTHER STUDENT TO GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE PHILOSOPHY SHOULD BE WRITTEN. DO NOT COPY FROM SAMPLE. 


Nursing 313 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing

Personal Philosophy of Nursing Assignment (10 Points)

After careful thought, write your personal philosophy of nursing. The purpose of a philosophy statement in your portfolio is to describe the what, how, and why you do what you do in terms of your beliefs and values. A good beginning might include your reasons for choosing to become a nurse. It could also include how you expect to advance through further education, increasing your skills, and/or joining a professional organization, etc.

Your philosophy must address the four concept of nursing’s metaparadigm: person, environment, health, and nursing. Define what each of the concepts means to you and how these concepts relate to each other. Wherever possible, provide concrete examples that demonstrate how these definitions are operationalized in practice. Discussing your ideas with one or more classmates may help you to clarify your ideas.

In the future, a potential employer or university admissions counselor may ask for a statement of your philosophy and you would only need to make minor changes for the specific purpose. You would include how your philosophy would show that you would be a good “fit” for the position, or further education. Nevertheless, you should review it from time to time so that it shows how you are growing professionally. This makes your philosophy a “work in progress.”

Have an effective beginning, middle, and end. Use formal language, but make it show your individual uniqueness. Limit your statement to two pages. Use the information presented by the instructor in class to help you get started.

This assignment is due Week 5.

Personal Philosophy Rubric (10 Points)

Criteria

Level of Achievement:

Novice

Competent

Proficient

Includes 4 Concepts:

Person, Environment, Health, Nursing

0.5-1 Point

Paper defines less than three concepts of nursing’s metaparadigm in sufficient detail: Person, environment, health, and nursing.

1-2 Points

Paper defines three of the four concepts of nursing’s metaparadigm in sufficient detail: Person, environment, health, and nursing.

2-3 Points

Paper defines all four concepts of nursing’s metaparadigm in sufficient detail: Person, environment, health, and nursing.

Organization:

Clear introduction

0.5-1 Point

Missing or inadequate introduction to the personal philosophy.

Paper is very disorganized an

Sample Nursing Philosophy

One questions I frequently get asked is why do I want to become a nurse. This is easy to answer when I think of the rewards received from being a nurse. Many nurses describes the benefits of being a nurse and how they have a desire to care for people and see them get healthy again. While this is true for me, my main reason has to do with my own experience with nurses. At a young age my mother passed away, and it is because of her nurses that I want to become a nurse. Watching them care for my mom and seeing all that they do for patients made me realize how complex the job really is. Not only did these nurses always make sure my mom was comfortable, they also made sure the rest of my family was coping. They made the whole experience of being in the hospital a little less scary and always explained everything in a way that we all could understand. As I got older and it became time to think of a career choice, nursing is the only thing that I wanted to do.

After seeing what nurses do and having my own clinical experiences, I have a better understanding of the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm. The first concept, person, is an easy one to understand. With nursing you are caring for a person. What makes this complex is that it’s not just the physical aspect that a nurse is caring for, but also includes caring for the body, mind, and soul of the individual. Most would think that nursing is just fixing the physical things that can be seen with the patients. Nurses often have to help the patients understand their illness and also make sure they are mentally prepared to care for themselves out of the hospital. Also the “person” doesn’t always have to refer to the patient; it can also be the patient’s family. This was certainly the case when my mother was sick. Comment by Joann Erb:

The second concept of the metaparadigm is environment. The environment is important because without a healthy environment that patient can’t heal properly. The environment can refer to the room they are in and the people that are around them. After the patient leaves the hospital, will they be in a location that is safe, near resources they need? Will the patient be in a home that is safe, are there things that could cause them to get injured? Are there adequate resources at home? The environment can also refer to the emotional health of the patient. Is the patient going to have people around them that truly care and support them?

Another element in the nursing metaparadigm is health. Health refers to the person’s well-being, both physical and mental. It is important to understand the person’s own idea of health, someone society may see as healthy, may not view themselves that way if they can’t do all the things he/she did in the past. For a person to heal, they must be mentally healthy and emotionally willing