A nurse’s work is one of the most important in the medical field, even if it is not appreciated or rewarded highly. However, it is nurses who are often at the forefront of medicine, in direct contact with people who need medical attention. That is why it seems to me that their role is so essential in the medical system. It is not suitable for everyone, but there are several basic philosophical principles, following which a nurse will do their job most effectively.
First, every employee must respect the people they help. You can’t help another person if you don’t have respect for them. Nurses are not obliged to take the patient’s side in everything, but they should not condemn his choice in life and their right to self-realization, calmly accepting it. This philosophy, for example, is adhered to by nurses in Japan, one of the most developed countries in terms of medicine (Tanaka et al., 2018).
Besides, their principles include finding harmony between work and life. From my perspective, this is a correct position since no one person can help another if he does not feel themself well enough at the same time. While helping others, you also need to take care of yourself, at least to provide assistance services better. Finally, the last concept is to create communities where residents can support each other, even when they go beyond work roles (Tanaka et al., 2018). It seems to me that a nurse’s role should be to help people both at work and outside of it, so I also adhere to a similar philosophy.
These three principles fit into my desire to continue my education and training as a nurse psychiatrist. First of all, I consider mental health problems one of the most pressing issues at present. A considerable number of people suffer from mental disorders and require attention. Given my penchant for helping people, empathy, and desire to understand others, a psychiatrist nurse’s role suits me best. Besides, the philosophy described above supports this concept.
As a nurse, I must help people with different views to accept and understand them. In this case, the psychiatric direction is only a reasonable further development of such an approach. I believe that this is how I can bring as much benefit to patients as possible, so I have an increased interest in this specialization.
Tanaka, K., Hasegawa, M., Nagayama, Y., & Oe, M. (2018). Nursing Philosophy of community mental health nurses in Japan: A qualitative, descriptive study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(2), 765-773.