Nursing: Nursing, And The Definition Of Nursing

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Philosophy of Nursing
Definition of Nursing
Nursing has been defined by many, all of which are positive and portray a sense of caring for those who are ill. The American Nursing Associate (2010) define nursing as “the protection, promotion, and 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.” I would agree with this definition. Nurses are well-educated, knowledgeable, and competent people. Nurses are constantly analyzing what happened with each patient that day, what is currently happening, and what could possibly happen next. Nursing is a caring profession
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The lives of our patients are literally in our hands. In school, nursing seemed to be so cut and dry to every action that we were going to take once we were a nurse. There was a system to every diagnosis and a policy and procedure for everything else. As a new nurse, it quickly became a reality that this was not true. There is so much thought put into every single decision. Did I check all of the lab values before I administered their medications? Can I give this pain medication the patient is crying out for even though their blood pressure is low? Should I call the doctor at 3 am for a slightly low Potassium or am I going to get yelled at? Unfortunately there is no answer for these questions and nurses have to continuously use their own judgement and experiences to answers these questions. Nurses are humans too but we have chosen a profession that cares for the lives of others and we need to be accountable for the actions that we …show more content…
Nurses are so important to society and the improvement of health care. I became a nurse because I have the desire to help people and what better way than having the knowledge to assist in the care of a patient health needs during their vulnerable state. Although there are high amounts of stress and moral distress that comes with nursing, nursing is a team effort that with collaboration of the health care system it all works out. Through my time as a nurse, I have learned that I am going to encounter a number of different types of patients through my practice, from drug addicts to dementia patients to cancer patients to new diagnosis to uncompliant patients to dying patients. Each of these patients are to be treated with autonomy, beneficence, justice, and veracity. There are many jobs the nurse has to do but looking at the whole picture of the patient while advocating and educating seems to be one of the most

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