Philosophy is the critical inquiry and examination of meaning and the method one undertakes when beliefs are examined ideas are proposed and assumptions are challenged(Butts & Rich 2018 p.10). All nurses have different philosophies and points of view. These vary depending on many things such as how we were raised and our beliefs. For instance I was raised in an under developed country where medicine is scarce. This led me to be more attentive to patients needs specifically when Im giving them their prescribed medications. Since I was young Ive seen my parents work hard and being responsible. As a result my nursing philosophy is to work hard always put my patients first and offer them advice on how to care from themselves after they leave our care. Another one of my philosophies is to be an advocate for my patients when they cant communicate their needs.
In conclusion we use philosophy in everything we do on a daily basis in our profession as an advance practice nurse. Nurses embody philosophy in their actions when they enact their knowledge ethics and whole being in the care of others (Bruce Rietze &Lim 2014p.70). Like when we offer emotional support to patients and family members to help them get through whatever adversity they are going through.
Bruce A. Rietze L. & Lim A. (2014). Understanding Philosophy in a Nurses World: What Where and Why.Nursing and Health 69-70.
Butts J.B. & Rich K.L. (2018). Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice (3nd ed.). Page 10. Burlington MA: Jones & Barlett Learning.