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We often gave to others when we really could not afford to do the giving. This lifestyle of caring is what led me into the nursing field. I am fulfilled and find personal satisfaction when I am caring for and serving others. This is the aspect of nursing that I was drawn to the most. My nursing philosophy is one that centers on serving from compassion. The profession Of nursing means a great deal to me. Nursing is more than the profession through which I earn sustenance to maintain my life; nursing is my way of continuing to give by caring for others. Florence

Nightingale, while the model of choice for many nurses, is my favorite role model for what it means to be a nurse. While Nightingale knew that cleanliness and comfort were necessary for physical healing, she also knew there was a deeper element behind the care offered to those who were hurting. Nightingale’s foundational belief viewed nursing as a God called profession. Immediately related to her belief that all people deserve civilized care no matter their lot in life; that all people are important to God. Through nursing I know I can obey the greatest of the commandments which Jesus poke in Mark 12. 9-31 when he stated, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. ‘ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ‘ There is no other commandment greater than these. ” In my opinion, nursing is a great profession and each time I care for a patient, honor God. This view of nursing is what made the decision to be a nurse quite simple. My desire to honor God can be fulfilled in the nursing reversion.

Honoring God by caring for my patients is a part of my nursing philosophy. Additionally, Jean Watson theory of care resonated deep within me. I agree with her wholeheartedly. While it is true that anyone can study and learn about care, it takes more than study to give care. I must internalize and live out daily in my personal and professional life the aspects of genuine care if my patients are to truly feel cared for. Caring is not just saying the right words; it is also meaning what one says. Caring is not just doing the right thing; it is the doing with sincerity.

In order to live out my philosophy as a nurse, must give each patient individualized care that focuses on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. I must ensure that each client is shown the dignity and respect that I would want to be given. I must offer a relationship of trust that will foster a platform for a successful, healthy outcome. Quality patient care is my goal. My philosophy of nursing has not changed in the past four months that have worked as a registered nurse. If anything, my belief of honoring God through nursing has only become intensified and steadfast.

I know am aging a difference in the lives of people with whom come in contact. Every time give care to patient, I am honoring God by obeying Scripture. Furthermore, since entering the ILLS Post-Licenser Program, I am becoming more and more secure in my decision to be a nurse in that my motives are confirmed through our instruction. I am thankful for III-J and for God centered instruction on caring for others. In our society today, there are many individuals who have no source of primary care. These individuals and families are in need of health education; they are in need of holistic care that includes spiritual and socio-cultural care.

My desire in the coming years is to take the time to travel to countries which are less developed, where disease easily spreads and offer care and compassion to those who lack the resources that we take for granted. I believe the role of the nurse in the twenty-first century is greater than ever before. Yes we must offer excellent care to all those with whom we are privileged to serve, but we must also be educators. We must educate the public about the value of life and good health. We must educate women to care for themselves when others will not. We must care for children that lack the basics.

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