Discussion Essay Assignment on Nursing Philosophy

You will be formulating your philosophy of nursing. Use the questions below to help you develop a philosophy. The following are ideas to reflect on in the process of defining your own personal beliefs, you shouldn’t list and answer each one in your paper . Instead use your responses to the questions to devise a nursing philosophy.

What is your central belief about the individual person? What makes up a person, who they are and how they got to where they are?

What constitutes the environment? Does it include elements both external and internal? Give examples. Find out what internal/external environments are and how the person interacts with them. A good source for this information is Chitty and Black “Professional Nursing Concepts and Challenges” 6th edition, or Google search should give you direction on this

How do the individual and the environment interact? Think about how you view health. Finkelman or the Chitty book mentioned above will give you a basic understanding but you will need to expand upon this.

What is your view of health? What is health and how is an illness related to health? Is health a continuum with absolutes at either end, is it a dichotomy: either good or bad? Is it a state that includes illness? Note that disease and illness is not the same thing. One can have a disease and not be ill, and one can be ill and not have a disease.

What is the central reason for the existence of nursing? Why are we, as nurses, here? Don’t think of this as a task-based definition. Why do you get up every day and go to work? How do we do what we do every day?
Spend a little bit of time thinking about the questions provided and you will do fine!
Don’t look for a “right” answer, this is your personal philosophy/thought.*Be sure to review the assignment by clicking the link Course Assignment Guidelines, Rubrics, and APA Aids