The philosophy of nursing is a personal perspective and attitude that is part of ones belief about the field of nursing and the purpose of their nursing education and practice.
It is how a person perceives the profession of nursing and the reason behind their actions and participation in the nursing field.
For some nursing is a way to help others achieve better health and save lives through science, physiology and psychology.
This may include nurse educators, emergency room nurses, mental health nurses, neonatal care units and other areas of specialty that are involved in patient health care and mental well-being.
For others nursing carries a deeper spiritual meaning that extends beyond medicine, physiology and psychology.
This may include nurses who practice holistic care and alternative medicine where a patient’s personal beliefs, emotions and religion may play a primary role in the type of care the patient receives.
And yet for others nursing may represent a connection to other family members or a heritage where previous generations of family members took part as working nurses.
From this perspective working as a nurse may be a way to show respect for previous generations of nurses within a family of nurses by representing the family’s educational and academic lifestyle, beliefs and choices in a certain light.
This may be particularly true for families that value prestige, accomplishment and family oriented success.
The philosophy of nursing encompasses ones beliefs, attitudes, actions, hopes, dream and desires and drives the ethical behaviors of the individual or group in which the particular philosophy belongs to, therefore the philosophy is a vital component in nursing practice and the well-being of the patients personal health as well as for the mental, emotional and physical health of the nurses to which the philosophy belongs to.
Without a nursing philosophy ones purpose as a nurse may waver lowering the nurses commitment, drive and attitudes towards their profession.
While there is no one philosophy of nursing, because each nurses represents his or her own philosophy in a different way, it is none the less important for a nurse to establish a good basis for their philosophy, beliefs and purpose for their work as a nurse and health care provider.