Health Promotion And Prevention Of Disease Essay

1124 Words Oct 1st, 2014 5 Pages
The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines nursing as the “protection, promotion, optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (American Nurses Association website, n.d.). The ANA definition is an accurate representation of my personal definition of nursing. It embodies the fundamental duty of caring for both individuals and communities, encompasses the necessity of health promotion and prevention of disease, incorporates the scope of advanced nursing practice in diagnosis and treatment of disease, and includes nursing’s role as an advocate.
My personal nursing philosophy evolves as I continue to grow, learn and live. My values and beliefs are inseparable and equally important both personally and professionally. They are shaped by my life experiences as a professional, a student, a family member, a friend and a patient. As both an individual and a professional I am caring and respectful of my own values and beliefs, as well as others; live and practice with integrity; maintain a commitment to always do what is right; preserve human dignity; strive for social justice; and engage in relationships that are trusting, honest, ethically and morally responsible. In addition, I respect that the definition of health varies amongst individuals, communities and providers depending on their own…

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