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Ellen Sykes

Nursing with Heart


Nursing Philosphy and Mission Statement

1. Demonstrate an awareness of their own cultural beliefs and values to develop an appreciation of the wide diversity of cultural influences on human beavior.

2. Demonstrate ethical decision-making, including personal beliefs and values, professional code of ethics, and moral and ethical principles of nursing practice in client care situations.


     My leadership class during fall semester of senior year included an assignment where we wrote down our own philosophy of nursing and our own personal mission statement. This required us to examine our own beliefs and values, how they fit into the nursing profession, and how we can integrate our beliefs and values into the decisions we make as nurses every day. Below you can click on my philosophy of nursing and my personal mission statement.

     Every clinical experience and client I have met and cared for have required me to examine my own beliefs and how I should go about caring for this patient. Our first semester of nuring school, one professor introduced the idea that we shouldn't treat clients how we would want to be treated, but rather how they want to be treated. This required me to ask clients what their personal preferences or cultural beliefs were in order to give them care specialized to them.

     As important as it is to know how to appropriately care for each of our clients as an individual, we as nurses must also examine our own beliefs and values to make sure we don't put ourselves into situations where we can't give appropriate care. I have learned that if I don't agree with the treatment or beliefs surrounding the treatment of a patient or their condition, I do not need to participate in this client's care. I need to be cautious of the situations I put myself in as a nurse to make sure my beliefs and values aren't being compromised.

     I think that all of the experiences I have had in my life had helped me develop into the person I am today. Nursing school has added onto that by teaching me how I can effectively use who I am as a person to care for patients as a professional Registered Nurse.


Personal Mission Statement

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This brief statement sums up my commitment I want to make to my future clients and myself as a Registered Nurse.

Nursing Philosophy

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This assignment asked me to examine why I chose to become a nurse. I also described how I want to care for my patients and how I can accomplish that.

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