America, England, Australia, Germany like countries are severely affected by the shortage of healthcare professionals especially nurses. As per the July/August 2009 statistics, despite the current easing of the nursing shortage due to the recession, the U.S. nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 registered nurses by 2025 (Nursing Shortage Resource, 2009). In short the demand for the qualified nurses is immense irrespective of the recession or economic problems. Nobody wants to put their life in jeopardy. Even though the demand was huge, availability of qualified nurses with the right outlook or frame of mind is less which forced me to select nursing as my profession. This paper briefly explains my nursing philosophy.
Nursing boundaries, first addressed by Florence Nightingale, are referred to in the “Nightingale Pledge” used in pinning ceremonies which teaches the nurses to devote themselves to the welfare of those committed to their care” all refer to standards or boundaries relating to their duties and responsibilities as nurses (Holder & Schenthal, 2007). My personal philosophy of nursing revolves around the above pledge.
Nursing is always a profession which attracted me even from my childhood. I am really a sensitive person who always keeps a strong concern about the sick and needy people. Keeping high levels of values and ethical standards is necessary in all professions, especially in nursing profession. Morality and ethical values are diminishing from the current professional world day by day and nursing profession is also not an exception. The absence of values and ethical standards in nursing professional has created lot of problems in providing good healthcare services to patients. Florence Nightingale and Mother Teresa like noble personalities are rarely appearing in the world. The story of Florence Nightingale and Mother