As a student in high school

As a student in high school, I decided that I wanted to be a nurse. However, when I started college I had a change of plans and thought my profession of choice was that of a Physical Therapist. I attended Pearl River Community College and then transferred to LSU where I graduated pre-physical therapy with a degree in Kinesiology/Human Movement. Now going back a few years, as a child I was diagnosed with scoliosis and just wore a brace to keep by back from curving. That helped for a while however during my last semester of LSU I had severe back pain to the point that I could not get up at all. The diagnosis was my spine started to curve more and the only option was surgery. I had spinal fusion surgery and was in the hospital for 7 days. It was during this time that I realized my calling was to the nursing profession. I had some incredible nurses during this 7-day period that went over and beyond what they were called to do. I needed help doing just about everything from rolling over to my side, sitting up, and walking. My nurses were there at the press of a button to help me without complaining and made me feel as if I was their only patient. What they left me with was the desire to be there for others and to help people just like they helped me.
Nurse Theorists
There are many nursing theorists whose work has made a phenomenal impact on the profession of nursing. Madeleine Leininger and Jean Watson are two theorist who have made a huge difference in the profession of nursing. Madeleine Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care is one that changed the way of thinking for many nurses. This theory helped nurses get over the culture barrier that they had with patients to form a relationship and understanding of the patients’ culture (Lancellotti, 2008). Gibson (2008) stated that one of the main focus in this theory is the concept of caring. She stated that in order to provide the best possible care, a nurse must exhibit a concept of culture awareness and make every attempt to understand and study the cultural background of the patient. Every patient that a nurse encounters will have a different background. Using the Theory of Culture Care, it is up to the nurse to use their ability to discern and grasp the diversity of each patient to better care for them. Not only should nurses be culturally aware of the different ethnicities, but also to groups with different sexual orientation, disabilities, age and socioeconomic cultures (Clarke, McFarland, Andrews & Leninger, 2009). It shouldn’t matter the color of their skin or if they are homeless, every person deserves the best possible care. Jean Watson’s Theory of Human care is one that has been adopted by many health care facilities. This theory involves not only human care but also a relationship centered care in order to help and promote healing (Watson, 2009). Not only does this theory apply to the patients, it applies to co-workers as well. By applying this theory, a nurse can identify and process information in order to bring calmness to a turbulent situation (Caruso, Cisar & Pipe, 2008). With this theory, nurses will apply the sense of presence to the patient, which is giving the patient all the attention. They will develop a sense of trust in the relationship, which is vital to the healing process (Caruso, Cisar & Pipe, 2008). This theory is about making a connection between the nurse, patient and co-workers in order to obtain the best healing process for the patient. Both of these theories are remarkable and if practiced regularly, will make an immense impact on a nurse/patient relationship. Personally I feel that Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care applies closer to what my personal definition of nursing is, which is to provide the best possible care to all, regardless of their skin color, background or gender.
Contribution to Nursing and Philosophy Statement
I am currently enrolled in the BSN program at Northwestern State University in Shreveport, LA. For the past 6 months I have been employed by University Health Hospital as an anesthesia technician. After graduating from NSULA, I plan on continuing my employment at University Health working closely with the nurse anesthetist and the anesthesiologist to gain more experience. After working for a couple years, I plan on going back to school to focus on a degree as a nurse anesthetist. I plan on joining the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as a student member in order to obtain all the updated information for this particular field. Working in the hospital and in this field of study has really opened my eyes and has helped direct me in the path that I would like to pursue. My philosophy is that nursing is a selfless act of giving, and that if more people would practice this, this world would be a better place. Knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life is enough motivation for me to get up each morning to work at the profession that I have been called to do.
This paper has provided not only the definition of what is a nursing profession through literature work, it also shows my own personal definition of what a nursing profession is. Writing this paper has helped me to understand more about this profession that I have chosen. Researching the different theorists and understanding what they stood for, what they went through and how they excelled as a leader has inspired me to give all that I can to this profession. Having to define my personal definition and stating my own philosophy statement will help me be the nurse I know that I can be. Keeping my philosophy statement written out where I can see it everyday, will help hold me accountable to my patients, their families and the community. It will remind me why I became a nurse professional, to be selfless and to give a little back to this world that have given so much to me. Remembering what I stated earlier, this is a give and take world, be the person who is willing to give what it takes, that is the nurse I want to be.