My nursing career is more of a calling than a choice. Since I was
a young girl, I had the desire to help those in need. For me, nursing is such
an honorable, rewarding, and exciting career, no two days are ever the same.
After graduating from nursing school two years ago, I took a job in the operating
room. Being an operating room nurse is quite different than being a nurse on a
floor, because of the different responsibilities. However, we both strive to
provide the best patient care possible.
My philosophy of nursing, is characterized by compassionate,
holistic care for all my patients and their families. The most important thing
to me as an OR nurse, is being the patient’s advocate, especially since they
cannot advocate for themselves while they are under anesthesia. As nurses, I
believe that we must make a commitment to deliver the highest quality of care.
Nursing is about caring and trying to understand our patient’s on more than one
level. I believe that the main concepts of nursing awr knowledge, compassionate
care, and integrity. As a nurse, I strive towards lifelong learning to help
increase my knowledge, and better myself.
My belief and values about humans, health, environment, and the
work of nursing, is that they are all interrelated. First, I believe that the
nursing profession is all about people, whether it is the patient, their
families, or sometimes even ourselves and each other. When caring for an
individual, it includes the whole patient, not just their illness or the type
of case we will be doing. The holistic care approach considers all parts of a
patient’s life, and helps facilitate the optimum care for all patients.
Secondly, I believe that health is more about the quality of life of the
individual. Working in the OR, I encounter individuals at different quality of
life stages. We get patients from both sides of the spectrum, the healthy ones
and then the emergent trauma cases. Third, while nursing is caring for the
people, it is also important to look beyond the patient and into the
environment in which that individual lives. This is very important, because
environments greatly influence our patients, which make them interrelated.
Lastly, I think that the work of nursing involves being with the patients and
being fully engaged in their care. Each day as nurses, we encounter many
different situations that allow us to make meaning of a patient’s situation.