In this week’s journal, begin thinking about the theoretical foundation(s) important to your philosophy of nursing and how your new experiences and knowledge shape your personal nursing philosophy. Be sure to address the following components:
Theoretical Foundation(s): Highlight the theoretical foundations that are important in your philosophy of nursing practice. You may have one or several. How do these foundations translate into your practice?
Experiences: Evaluate how new experiences and knowledge shape your nursing philosophy. Specifically, you should address the following:
How have your RN-BSN coursework, this capstone, and other experiences influenced how you view your nursing practice?
What role does self-reflection play in personal and professional transformation?
How do activities like the change project in Capstone Component 1 help you develop as a lifelong learner and act as an agent of change in improving both personal and professional practice?
In addition, you may want to discuss challenges that you have faced and what you would change or do differently in addressing those challenges, since the ability to effectively and creatively solve problems is a highly valued job skill.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing
According to my personal reflection of nursing, all patients should be entitled to free-access to high-quality, safe and person-centered health care and services. The healthcare system should be funded by taxpayers’ money. . My philosophy of nursing is shaped by the natural law theory. According to the natural law theory, all individuals have a right to healthcare and a right to life (Gregg, 2012). RN-BSN coursework has influenced my nursing philosophy since I have realized that sickness or disease is far more than just a health problem, but also a psychological, social, and economic issue. In that case, healthcare should be free for all. This can help put private healthcare insurance players out of work since in my opinion, they are generating huge profits out of the fear that one may be sick at some point in the future. Besides, self-reflection has influenced my thoughts on how best to deliver care, especially to socioeconomically disadvantaged people. As an agent of change, I believe that this revolutionary step in making healthcare and services free for all will transform the healthcare industry for the better. A key challenge that I have faced in practice is that I was forced to deny primary healthcare to an undocumented immigrant who presented with pneumonia. The patient was supposed to pay for health care and services, but was not in a position to do so. I think that such cases whereby patients are denied care may create major healthcare problems, for instance, spread of infectious disease to the general population.
Gregg, S. (2012). Health, health care, and rights: a new natural law theory perspective, Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y, 25(2), 463. https://scholarship.law.nd.edu/ndjlepp/vol25/iss2/13