Worldview and Nursing Process Personal Statement
Being able to articulate your personal worldview can help you formulate a personal philosophy of practice and enhance your influence on patients and the industry. In this assignment, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your current and future practice and the ways worldview and nursing theory influence that practice.
Draft a 1,000-1,250 word paper in which you:
Describe your personal worldview, including the religious, spiritual, and cultural elements that you think most influence your personal philosophy of practice and attitude towards patient care.
Choose a specific nursing theory that is most in line with your personal philosophy of practice and approach to patient care and discuss the similarities. Explain how the nursing theory reinforces your approach to care.
Include in your explanation a specific example of a past or current practice and how your worldview and the nursing theory could assist you in resolving this issue.
Finally, explain how your worldview and the nursing theory will assist you in further developing your future practice.
You are required to cite five to 10 sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the assignment criteria and nursing content.
I chose the nursing career because of my desire to help people with different health needs to attain optimal health. The act of helping various people in need is very satisfying to me. I believe nursing is sacrificial work that needs offering selfless services and a higher level of care to patients. My philosophy is to create a caring environment for my patients, that will help promote the patients’ health, enhance patient recovery, and improve safety. In addition, I believe nurses have a duty to offer safe, holistic, and patient-centered care, which can help improve the patient’s overall well-being. To achieve this, a nurse needs to possess various personal skills and competencies. One of them includes critical thinking and problem-solving skills and strong communication skills since nurses are faced with challenging scenarios in their daily practices. Also, the nurse should demonstrate empathy and compassion to their patients. Empathic and compassionate nurses create a caring environment for their patients that helps relieve their feeling of pain, illness, or suffering from them.
My personal philosophy of practice and attitude toward patient care is influenced by various religious and spiritual elements. As a nurse, I believe patients’ spiritual needs impact their overall well-being. For instance, Christians believe in healing through faith. Therefore, their religious and spiritual values can influence how these individuals manage their health problems, make medical decisions, and improve their quality of life. For that reason, I believe nurses should meet the patient’s spiritual needs and help them achieve optimal well-being. Also, I believe culture plays a vital role in nursing. Thus, the nurse has a role in providing culturally competent care.
My nursing philosophy and approach to patient care align with Watson’s caring theory. This nursing theory focuses on how nurses provide care to their patients and how nursing care helps in promoting health and wellness, preventing diseases, and restoring health. According to this nursing theory, nursing focuses on enhancing health, preventing illness, caring for the sick, and restoring health. In Watson’s view, the disease might be cured, but illness would remain since, without caring, health is not attained (Gonzalo, 2019). Caring helps an individual gain control, become informed, and promote healthy changes. Thus, caring is fundamental to nursing practice and improve health better compared to simple medical care. Nurses demonstrate and practice caring to ensure they attain optimal health. Watson provides various carative factors that the nurse needs to consider when in a caring role. The theorist guides that nurses should embrace altruistic values and practice loving kindness with self and others, nurture a helping, trusting, and caring relationship with the patient and families, establish a healing setting for the physical and spiritual self and demonstrate scientific problem-solving methods to improve the quality of nursing care.
This nursing model recognizes the element of spirituality and its impact on one’s well-being. Similarly, I believe spiritual patients tend to use their beliefs to cope with their health conditions and life stresses. This, influence my approach to patient care. Whenever I am in a caring role, I assess my patients’ spiritual needs and use various approaches to ensure the needs are met to enhance patient satisfaction. For instance, I allow my patients to be visited by the members of their spiritual groups, such as church members (Al‐Fayyadh et al., 2022). Secondly, the theory recognizes the importance of establishing and supporting a caring relationship between the nurse and the patient. I also embrace this approach whenever in a caring role. I improve my relationships with my patients by practicing active listening and honesty whenever communicating with them. Also, maintain trust, respect, and professional intimacy.
Watson’s caring theory reinforces my approach to care in various ways. First, this nursing theory recognizes the need for improved problem-solving skills in providing high-quality nurse care. It requires a nurse to use scientific problem-solving methods, which are systematic and more effective, to enhance his or her decision-making skills (Yangoz & ÖZER, 2020). Thus, this will enable me to come up with effective measures to address various that I might face during nursing practice. Also, this nursing model recognizes a healing environment as a critical element that nurses should create to achieve optimal patient health. This allows me to provide holistic treatment to my patients (Wei et al., 2019). Thus, besides the prescribed treatment, I will always ensure I create a healing environment that will address their physical, mental, and spiritual needs.
During my clinical rotation, I encountered a case whereby a patient chose faith over medicine. The patient’s screening revealed hundreds of polyps but she refused to schedule a diagnostic colonoscopy because the patient and her family believed in the power of prayer. The doctor did not bother to convince their mind to accept the recommended medical procedures. He argued that he is tired of persuading people to accept medical recommendations who understand the risks of cancer. This nursing theory and my worldview would help me resolve this issue. Thus, as a nurse, I have a duty to understand my patients’ spiritual and religious needs and create a caring environment that addresses their needs. If I face similar care, I will first support the patient’s religious beliefs and values and their importance in their well-being. Then I will remain to discuss with the patient the risks and benefits associated with the prescribed medical recommendations to convince them to take the treatment without coercing the patient. But if the patient fails to accept the treatment, instead of referring the patient to another provider to avoid the conflict, I will call the members of the patient’s religious communities, like the family members or clergy, to help the patient understand the importance of medical recommendations. Besides, if the patient accepts, I will put various measures in place to enhance the integration of the religious beliefs and practices in nursing practice to create a healing environment. For instance, I will allow the patient to hold prayer sessions within the facility which other members of the patient’s religious community, without disturbing other patients.
My worldview and nursing theory will assist me in developing my future practice in various ways. First, the current healthcare system is becoming culturally diverse, and this is likely to increase in the future healthcare system. This increases the need for cultural competence in nursing to enhance the ability of nurses to provide the best medical care that is congruent with the patient’s cultural needs (Gopalkrishnan, 2018). Similarly, I believe culture plays a vital role in nursing. Thus, I will improve my cultural competence skills by learning about different cultures and improving my communication and teamwork skills to enable me to interact with various patients easily, assess their cultural needs, and provide them with high-quality care. Also, the nursing theory recognizes the importance of scientific problem-solving methods in enhancing the quality of care offered to patients (Yangoz & ÖZER, 2020). This will be crucial for my future practice. Nurses experience various challenges in their daily practices, which require advanced decision-making skills. Besides, future challenges, such as the increase in clinical practice complexity and chronic diseases, create the need for more advanced critical thinking and decision-making skills (Rennick et al., 2019). Thus, scientific problem-solving methods will help me address these issues.
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Wei, H., Fazzone, P. A., Sitzman, K., & Hardin, S. R. (2019). The Current Intervention Studies Based on Watson’s Theory of Human Caring: A Systematic Review. International Journal for Human Caring, 23(1). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=10915710&AN=139212608&h=TU8UnElQs9q3jIKMBE6hwicbh%2B%2BOBA%2FdRWBjoYsu3S8%2FQtRFImtPNVXKMpqHbmYA%2FL3bxrO7TgUf7AwSS9Aozg%3D%3D&crl=c
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