Nursing Theory Course
As nurses gain experience and learn more about the science of nursing and nursing theory, the expected outcome is that nurses will have a deeper understanding of the discipline of nursing that will inform their decision making. Nursing ethics are driven by the values that nurses hold as a collective, but the context of the situation will dictate how those ethics are applied.
How has your worldview or philosophy of nursing changed or expanded based on what you learned in this nursing theory course?
How Philosophy of Nursing Changed Based On What I Learned In This Nursing Theory Course
The nursing philosophy is based on the what, how, and why of nursing as it applies to nursing practice. The nursing theories have changed my nursing philosophy from a complex professional practice that only deals with illness and health concerns to compassion and caring practice which focuses on holistic, safe and patient centered care to improve quality of life. At first, the nursing profession begins as a complex and critical role since it deals with offering care, assisting in recovery, educating the patients, taking part in rehabilitation, and supporting patients (Brandão, Barros, Caniçali et al., 2019). However, with time the nursing theories have offered a purposeful, tentative, and systematic view of the nursing phenomenon by providing basic knowledge that has enabled me to care for patients and guide their practices (Indra, 2018). The nursing theories have also created a foundational knowledge of the core concepts which have changed my nursing beliefs, values and professional ethics.
The nursing theories have profoundly changed my individual reactions, actions, and decisions aligned around provision of holistic, patient centered, culturally sensitive and compassionate care (Younas and Quennell, 2019). Most of these theories have focused on the responsibility of nurses to offer holistic, safe, and patient-centered care to the patients and maximize the chances of better health outcomes. Therefore, this has changed my nursing philosophy from complex caring to patient advocacy to improve health outcomes. I have valued my role as a patient provider, advocate, manager, teacher and leader since the theories have built a personal commitment towards my nursing practice. I now believe that nursing is all about caring and meeting the needs of people. Care entails the whole patient and that a holistic perspective of care should focus on all facets of the patient’s life. I believe that health is a dynamic state that exists on continuum from illness to response to environmental influences.
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Younas, A., & Quennell, S. (2019). Usefulness of nursing theory‐guided practice: An integrative review. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 33(3), 540-555.