Summarize your philosophy of nursing, based on your own values and experiences. Self-concept Discuss the professional characteristics that support your self-concept.Identify strengths, fears, and weaknesses that shape your self-concept. How do gaps in knowledge influence your self-concept? How does your self-concept impact your personal philosophy of nursing? Provide 2-3 examples. Values Where do values originate? Who teaches values? Can values remain consistent in one’s current professional life? Do your personal values and your professional life ever conflict? What values and beliefs collectively formulate a personal philosophy of nursing that informs and shapes practice behaviors? Give examples. How do personal values and beliefs affect decision-making processes? Use the ANA Code of Ethics and ICN Code to support the discussions. Culture In nursing practice, what does culturally diverse nursing care mean? How does ethnocentrism affect nursing practice?
A cadre of scientists and researchers have come up with several meanings to the word nursing and have influenced others into tapping their definition to construct or give meaning to the word. My personal definition of nursing is taking care of my patient entirely by using my knowledge, being compassionate and caring, respectful and honest. This also incorporates taking care of their spiritual, physical and emotional needs, and taking into consideration their family and environment. Learning about the different theorists I associate myself the most with Hildegard Peplau. Peplau believed that the relationship between the patient and the nurse was focus of attention, rather than the patient only as the unit of attention. In this essay a critical analysis is given regarding the philosophy of nursing which presumably varies from a person to another.