Nursing Philosophy

My Philosophy of Nursing: An Evolving Concept.
What is a philosophy and how does it guide the nursing practice? This question is evident in today’s nurses, especially when they are trying to create their own philosophy. Beth Perry Black (2007) states that a nursing philosophy encompasses the core concepts of nursing knowledge such as person, health, nursing and environment. My nursing philosophy is therefore an outlook into my nursing knowledge, ideals and practice.
There are many principles that have influenced the creation of this philosophy. These principles include my educational experiences, my background and culture, the knowledge of my responsibilities as a nurse as outlined in ANA Code of Ethics and the knowledge of philosophies by leading voices in the nursing profession, such as Florence Nightingale and Virginia Henderson. My philosophy of nursing has become the basis of my practice, and the viewpoint to which I base my decisions.
Choice of Nursing
Some people say that they knew at a young age, that they would become nurses. Others say that they chose a different career path, then realized that their real calling was in nursing and therefore decided to change professions and fulfill their passion. All in all, most people who go into the nursing profession do so by choice. My story is slightly different. I would not necessarily say that I came into the nursing   profession by choice.
I think that it started with my two elder sisters. They were the types that knew they wanted to be nurses since they were ten years old. When they got into college, they immediately embarked on the goal of becoming nurses and successfully achieved it. Then it was my two brothers. They had both wanted to go to medical school, but changed their minds, because they enjoyed the one to one interaction with patients and the comprehensive relationship between the nurses and the patients. They too were successful in their endeavors to become nurses. When I graduated from high...