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Keywords

code of ethics, nursing, personal philosophy, social responsibility, standards of practice

 

Authors

  1. Hountras, Stacy C.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Nurses' personal belief systems or philosophies about nursing and people guides their nursing care, especially in difficult situations. Defining and articulating a personal philosophy helps the nurse better understand the motivation and reasoning behind his or her work. In this article, a nurse shares her philosophy of nursing, underlying beliefs, and discusses how this guides her practice. Questions to help nurses articulate their own personal philosophy of nursing are included.