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Nursing Philosophy Project


Rebecca ONeill
Old Dominion University

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Nursing Philosophy Project

1. Personal Philosophy of Nursing


a. Concepts
i. Nursing: Just like the crocheted lapghan (an afghan blanket that is just
large enough to cover your lap and legs), nursing is a mix of different
strands that create the whole nurse. Nurses are educators, resource
managers, communicators, leaders, health care providers, support systems,
advocates, and creative/critical thinkers.
ii. Person: The person is an individual who is either in a physical, emotional,
or mental crisis and needs assistance.
iii. Environment: The environment is the community, hospitals, rehab
facilities, and any situation in which a nurse can facilitate healing.
iv. Health: Health is the absence of a crisis (whether physical, mental, or
emotional) and the promotion of wellbeing.
b. What the colors stand for:
i. Pink: kindness
ii. Blue: Old Dominion University
iii. Yellow: joy and happiness
iv. Orange: warmth and creativity
v. White: cleanliness and integrity
c. Nursing Theories & my Philosophy
i. Above all else, nurses must care for their patients and their wellbeing.
Theorists like Boykins and Schoenhofer put this trait front and center in

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their theory. For my project, and my own personal view on nursing, I
drew heavily from their theory. I believe that without caring, a nurse is
unable to provide any care to a patient. It is essential that all nurses are
taught caring and use this skill in nursing practice (Li, Yu, Yang, Liu,
2016).

d. Qualities of Practice Environment


i. For my practice environment, Id like to work in a location that
encourages research and growth.
2. Professional Outlook
a. Goal for Nursing Practice
i. The pink thread in my project stands for the brain. Professionally, I would
like to be either a neurological or a psychiatric nurse. After a few years of
practice, Id like to return and get and advanced degree in order to teach.
b. Challenges to Nursing
i. One of the future challenges to nursing will be to adapt to the ever
changing landscape of health care. As more people have access to health
care, there is an increasing number of patients who need medical care.
With nurses handling more patients, there is a risk of tasks falling through
the cracks when time is limited and nurses are under pressure to provide
care to more and more patients. It will be important that all health care
providers are experts in communication so that patient care does not
suffer.

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References

Li, Y., Yu, W., Yang, B., & Liu, C. (2016, September 09). A comparison of the caring
behaviours of nursing students and registered nurses: Implications for nursing education.
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(21), 3317-3325. Doi: 10.1111/jocn.13397

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GRADE SHEET

Content Outline:

45 Points

A. Your personal philosophy of nursing seen in the art 21 Points (7 pts each)
________Concepts of nursing, person, environment and health portrayed
in art
relate to your philosophy of nursing (may include values,
beliefs,
moral/ethical responsibilities that guide your
practice)
________Incorporation of nursing theory(ies) into your philosophy
________Qualities of practice environment necessary for your
philosophy
B. Professional outlook evidenced in art 14 Points (7 pts each)
________Goals for your own nursing practice (ie. Life-long learning?
higher
education? practice goals?)
________Challenges to nursing now and in future
C. Format:

10 Points (2 pts each)


________Title Page
________Professional Nursing Journal
________Reference Page
________Format (type written, spacing, etc.)
________Spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax

Original Piece of Art:

45 Points

________Visually or otherwise engaging (5 pts)


________Expresses individuality and creativity (5 pts)
________Content depicted in art 35 Points (7 pts each)
________Concepts of nursing, person, environment and
health portrayed in art relate to your philosophy of nursing
(may include values, beliefs, moral/ethical responsibilities
that guide your practice)

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________Incorporation of nursing theory(ies) into your


philosophy
evidenced in art
________Qualities of practice environment necessary for
your
philosophy seen in the art
________Goals for your own nursing practice (ie. Life-long
learning? Higher education? practice goals?)
________Challenges to nursing now and in future

Presentation: 5 Points
_________Clear concise discussion of key elements of personal nursing
philosophy and how it is represented in piece of art

Portfolio Upload: 5 Points


_________Provides evidence of assignment in Portfolio website
Points possible: 100
Evaluator Comments :

Points Earned:________Final Grade:_________

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Honor Code:
This statement will be included on all work handed in for credit and signed. The Honor Pledge
states:
I pledge to support the Honor System of Old Dominion University. I will refrain from any form
of academic dishonesty or deception, such as cheating or plagiarism. I am aware that as a
member of the academic community it is responsibility to turn in all suspected violators of the
Honor Code. I will report to a hearing if summoned.
Name: _Rebecca ONeill_____________________________
Signature: __Rebecca ONeill_________________________
Date: ____12/04/2016________________________________