Personal Core Values

How Core Values Played a Role in
My Personal Nursing Philosophy

Philosophy of nursing, developed Leddy and Hood, can be defined as the intellectual and affective outcomes of the professional nurses' efforts to understand the ultimate relationship among humans, environment, and health; to approach nursing as a scientific discipline; to integrate a sense of values into practice; to appreciate esthetic elements that contribute to health and well-being; and to articulate a personal belief system about human beings, environment, health and nursing.   This philosophy holds nurses true to their core values.   Identifying our own core values will assist us in developing our personal nursing philosophy; therefore, the changes we make in our life will be based from these foundational values.

How Core Values Played a Role in My Personal Nursing Philosophy
Nursing has been called the oldest of arts and the youngest of professions.   Human beings of both sexes have a natural tendency to respond to helplessness or a threat to life from disease or injury (Donahue, 1996). Both men and women are lead to the nursing profession for a multitude of reasons. Some embark on the profession to become successful, to give back to their community and for others it is to make a contribution to another’s life.   My journey into the nursing profession began when our country was under attack by terrorist.   In 2001, I wanted to give of myself and help others to fulfill their goals and have peace of mind and spirit.   I began a long journey, one without an end in mind.   I chose the Nursing profession as my life path not just a career choice.   This was not a choice I made overnight. I had to decide what was important to me at that time in my life.   I had to consider how my decision would affect my family and my personal core values. But what are core values?
Values are traits or qualities that are considered worthwhile; they represent an individual’s highest priorities and deeply...