Philosophy of Nursing Statement

My nursing philosophy is premised on six values: patient safety, holistic care, empathy, patient-centeredness, culturally responsiveness, and lifelong learning. An excellent nurse is self and process-driven and adopts a tailored, dialogue-based approach to recognize and respond to the unique needs presented by their patients. I believe in advocating for the patient in addition to being a teacher, manager, and leader because these attributes would be essential in delivering the highest quality nursing care to produce excellence in patient outcomes. Nursing also requires compassion, particularly the ability to understand the unique needs of patients. Drawing on their observations in the intensive care setting, Jakimowicz et al. (2018) emphasize that care nurses should be able to deal compassionately with their patients. Furthermore, nurses should be committed to lifelong learning, through both formal teachings and hands-on practice to improve their ability to deliver holistic, patient-centered, culturally responsive care.

I decided to pursue nursing as my profession because of my strong desire to help people. In addition to being a true calling, a career in nursing is demanding and rewarding in almost equal measure. It is captivating and provides numerous opportunities that will help me build and sustain a rewarding career. Considering the value of lifelong learning in the nursing profession, I intend to pursue a master’s degree to provide safe, holistic, patient-centered, culturally responsive psychiatric mental healthcare. Currently, there is a widespread shortage of behavioral health providers in the United States. In addition to enhancing access to Psychiatric Mental Health care services in the country, obtaining a master’s degree in this area will enable me to deliver more specialized care. Furthermore, this degree will make it possible for me to offer quality care for patients with psychiatric mental health problems. Concentration on studying will equip me with advanced skills and knowledge in performing extensive psychiatric evaluations and determining risk factors that could influence the mental status of the client.


Jakimowicz, S., Perry, L., & Lewis, J. (2018). Insights on compassion and patient‐centred nursing in intensive care: A constructivist grounded theory. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(7-8), 1599-1611. Web.

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