Essay on My Personal Definition of Nursing

964 Words Jul 28th, 2005 4 Pages
I realized I wanted to be a nurse after I had my 2nd ACL surgery, my senior year of high school. I had to stay in the hospital 3 days in order to recover, and I was very lucky to have such a wonderful and caring nurse. She made me feel as if I was her only patient. I will never forget how well I was taken care of and how comfortable she made me feel. I was young and scared, but she was reassuring, because she made me feel as if I had my own mother taking care of me. She was the reason I wanted to become a nurse, because I wanted to make others feel the way she made me feel. My personal definition of nursing is encompassed within that one nurse. A nurse should be loving, compassionate, dependable, competent, empathic, responsible, …show more content…
When the nurse uses critical thinking toward understanding and caring for patients, the care becomes goal oriented (Perry, 2001, p. 275).
Nursing is complex and involves both art and science. Nurses take the scientific knowledge that is learned in schools and uses it in the clinical setting. Accredited nursing schools plan the curriculum based on the school's definition of nursing. "Without the foundation of a definition, it would be impossible to know what to include and how to prioritize the incredible array of information nurses need to know" (Chitty, 2005, p. 185). I believe it is very important that all of the faculty know how they personally define nursing, in order to better educate the students. I think the Jeanette Rudy SON does a wonderful job in empathizing what they believe a nurse is and should be. "Having an accepted definition of nursing is helpful in a variety of ways and provides a framework for nursing practice. It establishes the parameters of the profession, clarifies the purposes and functions of the work, guides the educational preparation of aspiring practitioners, guides nursing research and theory development, and makes the work of nursing visible and valuable to the public…" (Chitty, 2005, p. 184). There will never be one universal definition of nursing. People have their own personal definition of nursing; whether it is positive or negative. Nurses care for the whole individual, not just

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