Essence of Nursing The core of nursing summed up in one word would be love. However, love should not stand alone, but rather be a catalyst to action. This can be best illuminated through Jean Watson’s theory that is based off 10 carative factors (Masters, 2017). After all, love is really just a deeper form of caring, and Masters (2017) summarizes Watson’s carative factors theory firstly with, “practice of loving kindness and equanimity for oneself and other” (p. 54). There is almost certainly no denying that love is at the center of nursing in Jean Watson’s eyes based off of her theory of nursing. However, Watson didn’t stop there, but went on with 9 other factors that serve to further convey how love should drive the nurse in their practice. Watson’s theory of how love should drive action is summarized by directing the nurse in, “developing and sustaining a helping-trusting, authentic caring relationship” (Masters, 2017, p. 54). The importance placed on trust and relationship in nursing practice is pivotal, and is historically well documented. Based off the Gallop Poll that started in 1999, nurses have been the most trusted profession every year except one (Brenan, 2017). Nurses not only are more trusted than grade school teachers and judges, but even clergy and police officers as well. The trust that is placed in nurses by the community serves to reinforce Watson’s theory of nursing. It can be deducted that one of the reasons nurses are so trusted is because of the love and care that they consistently provide in a patient’s most vulnerable moments. Beliefs and Values It is my belief that every patient I come in contact with is in my care for a specific reason rather than chance. It is almost synonymous with the idea that nursing is a calling rather than just
PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING 4 a career choice. It is this belief that drives me to serve and care for that patient as if they were my dearest friend. Every patient is different, with unique needs, motivators, backgrounds, and futures. It is important to see each and every patient as an individual and structure your love and care to best suit their needs. Many nursing theorists have referred to nursing as an art form, which makes me think of the patient as a canvas and my work as the brush strokes used to create a masterpiece on all that I touch.
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