Close interaction and unity of philosophy and medicine are known to us from ancient times thanks to the father of medicine Hippocrates.
At the present stage of development of society, the union of medicine and philosophy causes a need due to numerous factors and needs of patient. Today, there are hundreds of relatively independent specialties. In this situation, this allows to develop a single holistic vision of problems, lays the theoretical basis for the development of integrating disciplines.
Many diverse questions that were previously considered only special and technical nowadays acquire social significance and become the object of social discussions. This is exactly what happens with a number of medical problems.
Under these conditions, a nursing specialist does not have the right to think narrowly. From a nurse it is required philosophical reflection, which is associated with the development of an ethical system, moral criteria of scientific activity and provide compassionate and ethical patient care.
I think that it is no coincidence that the basic philosophical care principle of APN in our time is respect for the rights, dignity and health of man. It is implemented not only in the work of an APN with a patient, but also in collaboration with other caring specialists.
My Understanding of Nursing Philosophy
Since I have connected my life with medicine as a clinical nurse specialist, a very commitment is the understanding of philosophy. I understand the nursing philosophy as part of a common philosophy, which is a frame of reference for the relationship between nurse, patient, society, and the environment. It is based on such universal ethical principles and morality. At the very center of this philosophy is the man.
I had the opportunity to work as a specialist in the SINAI and plunge into real medicine world. In my practice as a clinical nurse specialist, I steadily tend to the ancient tradition, the purpose of which is to satisfy human needs in the protection of health and the healing environment. Respect for life, dignity and human rights are the mount principles to which I lean in my practice.
In the SINAI, we have to work with different categories of patients. And for each it is very important to be able to provide a caring atmosphere of respectful attitude to his present and past, to his life values, customs and beliefs. Patient safety measures need to be taken unceasingly if his health is threatened by diverse specialists or any other people.
What Motivated Me to Provide Compassionate and Ethical Patient Care
Throughout my life, I never wondered who I want to be. As far as I can remember, I always knew that I would be a medical specialist in order to care people. It remained only to choose the area of this science. It was the desire to care people and do good deeds that guided me to get knowledge in the field of medicine for so many years. I believe that for the sake of a good purpose it is worth overcoming any difficulties in order to hear sincere words of gratitude from the patients.
For me, this is not a job, but a real personal way of life. Because it is impossible to forget about the patients who stayed in the hospital rooms, who believe and hope for the correct and timely caring, for the correct treatment, for me. For this profession, home and work are inseparable things. Moreover, it is a state of mind with which a person goes through life and carries it in his heart. This is the vocation with which you need to go through life proudly and swiftly, without straying from the intended path and not deviating from the goal.
I was always worried about the fact that people rarely go decisively at a meeting with a doctor because diseases lead to it. Of course, this is normal. But it was precisely this fact that gave me the installation to become such a clinical nurse, whom patients would be remembered with gratitude and not feared for their health and healing environment and health promotion.
My personal goal was that I should know all the new methods of diagnosis and therapy, the latest developments and schemes for the use of innovative medicines. After all, in order to become a nurse with a capital letter, it is not enough to own only the diverse material that is set forth in medical textbooks. However, this does not apply to philosophical and ethical principles, they form the worldview of the future health promotion specialist.
The practice in the SINAE once again confirmed to me that my choice was the right one and that was my life’s work. It is really interesting for me to do an in-depth clinical analysis of each individual disease.
Adhering to the ethical mount principles, after a while, my personal philosophy of practice began to take shape. Of course, every caring specialist comes to this after some time. However, I believe that these mount principles should be a commitment for every medical professional.