PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING 4
Nursinghas been one of the most crucial professions in any economy. Itsimportance may be tied to the fact that it has a bearing on theoverall health of the economy. Scholars have noted that only healthyindividuals have the ability to generate wealth. Nursing refers tothe protection, promotion, as well as optimization of the health andcapabilities, prevention of injury and illness, alleviation ofsuffering by carrying out diagnosis and treatment of the humanresponse, combined with the advocacy in the care of families,communities, populations and individuals. It underlines thecollaborative and independent care of people of all ages,communities, groups and families, well and sick in every othersetting. Some of the fundamental nursing roles include promotion ofsafe environments, advocacy, research and education, as well astaking part in the shaping of health systems management and healthpolicy. Considering that the nursing profession was pioneered byFlorence Nightingale, it is imperative that one examines her ideas inorder to determine the philosophy that drives the nursing profession.
Nightingaleoutlined the importance of nurses to be effective in their roles aseducators and leaders so as to offer their subordinates the toolsnecessary for enhancing health (Selanders & Crane, 2012). In heropinion, the profession is a science and an art that collaborateswith very other healthcare profession, autonomous but still definedby the scale of practice, founded in science where the statisticsoffer the basis for support arguments and logic.
Consideringthe dynamic nature of nursing profession, the healthcare environmentcontinuously challenge it to identify and outline the contributionmade by the nursing practice in delivering high-quality healthcare.The collaborative approach becomes imperative in meeting thehealthcare consumer’s needs. This profession encompasses a systemthat is driven by change, while interacting with other systems suchas medicine (Selanders & Crane, 2012). Nevertheless, theprofessional nurse’s desired outcomes are the support of an optimalfunctioning system that offers quality patient care so as to supporta healthy community.
Inaddition, the philosophy of nursing must encompass empowerment so asto encourage the development of professional nurses. Of particularnote is the fact that the identity of nursing is shaped by thecultural environment of the institution in question, which is, inturn, influenced by the capacity to empower and motivate nurses viasupporting innovation, processes of continued performanceimprovement, decision-making practices and critical thinking. Everynurse has to be accountable and responsible for his or her competencyin the profession.
Similarly,excellent and cost efficient care is the cornerstone for every otherpatient-care delivery. The delivery of nursing care has toincorporate coordinated and patient-centered multi-disciplinary careteams as the fundamental model of delivering care while ensuring thatthe central focus remains on the patient. As a system, nursing isdynamic and has four practice components defining it, includingprofessional development, clinical care delivery, collaborativepractice and leadership (Selanders & Crane, 2012). It is wellnoted that these processes are interrelated to influence the qualityof services and care through ensuring that compassionate, competent,prioritized and individualized care is provided to the community,family and the patient by highly-skilled nurses. Nursing goes beyondthe treatment of an illness and concentrates on the delivery ofquality patient care that has been customized to every patient’sneeds. Nurses must combine knowledge of medicine with compassionateand relational caring that respects every patient’s dignity. Theseare the things that are encompassed in the philosophy of nursing.
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