My personal philosophy of nursing has changed from ‘the purpose of nursing is to promote health, growth, development, and to prevent diseases or disability,’ to ‘the purpose of nursing is to promote health, growth, development, and diseases/disabilities, in a holistic manner.’ I realized that, in providing nursing care, it is important for a nurse to consider the spiritual, socio-cultural, and physical needs/aspects of the patients. Therefore, I decided to include the holistic part of nursing care provision to my personal philosophy of nursing. This philosophical change is related to the concept of decision-making. It is important for a nurse to consider the spiritual, socio-cultural, and physical needs of a patient, because they assist in setting the goals of health care provision and deciding and recommending the best method of health care for the patient.
What I have learnt from the course that will enable me work effectively as a team member in the profession of nursing is that, the nursing process is a decision-making framework that follows a well-defined sequence, and provides a systematic way of analyzing problems and situations. Since a decision-making process does not involve one individual, I have learnt that, I will need to consult constantly, my colleagues, my juniors, supervisors, and other health care personnel, whenever I will be required to make complex decisions concerning a patients’ health. Moreover, having known that, the nursing process is a decision-making framework, I will ensure that, I develop harmonious work relationships with my colleagues, and my patients, in order to facilitate effective analysis of problems in a team setting, within the nursing profession. On the other hand, what I have learnt from the course, which will enable me work effectively as an individual contributor to the nursing profession, are the ethical practices that, nurses should reflect in patients’ care delivery. I plan to practice these ethics while delivering care to patients, during my profession. These ethics will allow me to deliver care to patients without defying their personal ethics, or defying the principles of health care institutions, which I will work from, during my nursing profession.