Nursing Sample Paper


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Write a paper regarding your personal philosophy of nursing. How do you incorporate your philosophy within your nursing profession? Can you identify any potential forces that may impact your nursing philosophy in the future (with your future position)? If any, what changes might these forces make? 

Use Jean Watson Caring Theory

Incorporate and/or choose a nurse theorist in which you hold similar values/ethics to. Compare your philosophy to that nursing theorist. What is the main idea or premise of the philosophy of the nurse theorist you have chosen? Or what is the main purpose/viewpoint set forth? 

Paper states a clear personal philosophy, incorporating one or more theories/theorists. Paper makes detailed connections to previous experiences and observations as rationale. 

Paper offers clear evidence of critical thought/analysis by the writer and is not merely a description of identified theories or merely a summary of the cited sources.

  • Must include 4 scholarly,peer-reviewed references. 
  • You may use two different authors from different chapters in the textbook if you would like. 
  • Paper cites relevant and recent sources where necessary.
  • Sources are properly cited using APA guidelines. 
  • Paper is well written, in a clear/concise manner and is free from mechanical/APA errors.
  • Paper is written in APA format with title and reference pages (no abstract needed).
  • Each heading section must include a minimum of 1 scholarly reference.
  • Paper should be a minimum of 3 pages (not including title and reference page).
  • Although APA states not to use I, me, my, etc., these may be used sparingly with this assignment.  If you need assistance with understanding how to write a personal paper using first person sparingly, please email me in advance so I can assist you with this assignment.  
  • Do not use direct quotations, students are expected to paraphrase. Points will be deducted for the use of direct quotations.  If a direct quote is absolutely necessary, please submit the information to me in advance for approval.  
  • Introduction must include a thesis statement and each of the main topic points to be discussed in the paper. 
  • Conclusion should include a re-statement of the thesis statement synthesized with each of the main topic points in a concise manner. 
  • Paragraph formatting should be according to APA guidelines including paragraph indentions.
  • Paragraphs should be between 3-6 sentences. 
  • HEADINGS ARE REQUIRED and must follow APA guidelines. (Hint: APA does not include an introduction heading). Headings should correlate with the main topic points stated in the introduction.


My Personal Philosophy of Nursing


Introduction. 2

Overview of My Personal Philosophy. 2

Jean Watson’s Theory. 3

Carative Factors. 4

Conclusion. 6

References. 6


It is every nurse’s obligation to develop a set of philosophical principles that govern his/her practice in an ethical manner. Jean Watson’s theory is a well-established and developed theory that forms the basis of my personal philosophy of nursing. Using the principles outlined in the theory, one can succeed in adhering to the values of commitment to service particularly in today’s culturally diverse populations (Godfrey& Yu, 2000). My nursing philosophy is founded on building a culture of compassion and contributing to the establishment of a new generation of nurses who fully embrace a caregiving culture. The culturally diverse context in which I operate requires me to respond to patients’ expectations as projected through sociocultural practices. Besides, I acknowledge the need to promote creative factors that foster satisfaction through conscious and active implementation of qualities such as patience and kindness and trust built through an honest approach to patient care as stipulated in Jean Watson’s theory.


Overview of My Personal Philosophy

As a nursing practitioner who is committed to my service, I have always believed in the philosophy of interpersonal relations and honest caring for the patients. Succeeding in this regard calls for the ability to truly value and appreciate the role of medical treatments and procedures in regards to efforts to care actively for patients (Gortner, 1993). According to Watson’s theory, nursing involves promoting health, preventing sickness and caring for the sick. This theory pays more attention to the process of care giving and expressing compassion in addition to ensuring optimal delivery of care. Jean Watson attributes success in terms of health promotion and restoration to nursing care and thecontinuous efforts to build and sustain relationships between the nurse and their patients.

Jean Watson’s Theory

            My preference for Watson’s theory as a reference point for my personal philosophy arises from the easy and straightforward way in which it is explained. However, what appears to be a simple theory at face value may easily turn out to be a more complex model in term of philosophical application. Meanwhile, this complexity is a source of strength because it seeks to expound on how nurses may actively incorporate the element of compassion in their daily workplace activities. The complexities that characterize care giving are caused mainly by communication, cultural, religious and ideological differences between nurses and patients. Adhering to the values of compassion as outlined in the theory can help nurses to resolve this problem. In situations where a patient is unable to communicate effectively, the nurse should redirect the discourse towards the immediate family members. For this reason, Watson’s foundational themes of health, society, human wellbeing are an integral component of my nursing philosophy.


In every community, a caring culture is driven individual effort to promote equality in the way all patients’ healthcare needs are handled. In this regard, my philosophy of nursing is founded on efforts to identify practice objectives based on the need to address every patient’s expectations as identified through and dictated by sociocultural practices. It is important to incorporate social contexts in each case and apply strategies that are specific to every workstation. It is equally important to attribute the universality of human values on every patient. Finally, a caring culture should entail the integration of aspects of mental, physical, social and economic wellness of all patients. Striking a balance between the maintenance of a caring culture and the workload demands of the nursing profession is a difficult undertaking that requires tremendous efforts by each nurse.

Carative Factors

One of the most important assumptions of Watson’s theory is the primary role of carative factors and their role in fostering human satisfaction. These factors are built on three philosophical themes of the formation of human-altruistic values, the instillation of faith and development of sensitivity to oneself and others (Lee &Chou, 2007). Caring requires conscious and active implementation of qualities such as patience and kindness on the part of the nurse. As a nursing professional, I deal with each individual patient with equality a demonstration of kindness regardless of personality and traits. It is also imperative that I adhere to the goals of hope as supported by the belief systems of both the patient and his/her family members. In this regard, the initial step requires building a personal bonding relationship with the patient. This requires the demonstration of trust and reliability as well as efficient methods of communication despite the existence of barriers such as language, age and culture.

Besides, building trust and a friendly relationship should extend beyond care delivery and constant conversation. It calls for an honest approach through which patients are furnished with adequate information in a positive and hopeful tone. Similarly, interpersonal relations should be extended to the patient’s family members to assuage fears arising from their daily concerns over their love one’s wellbeing. Ideally, this relationship should be maintained both during and after treatment.

In some cases, negative health outcomes may occur, and they may evolve into deterioration and even death. As informed by Watson’s theory, my personal theory, explicitly promotes the idea of peaceful death. Losing a patient is a heartbreaking experience that leave one’s loved ones with feelings of guilt, anguish, loss, and inadequacy(Lee & Chou, 2007). In critical health situations, a nurse must provide the much-needed help and support to the best of his/her ability throughout the treatment period and the culmination of death. Positivity and enthusiasm are required in these situations as part of efforts to embrace the right attitude as moral values. It is fascinating to see an enthused patient gaining full recovery from both disease and an air of helplessness due to the values of positivity and hope instilled in him/her by nurses and doctors.

By borrowing from Watson’s evolutionary theory that is easily applicable to contextual factors and participants, I have managed to embrace a personal philosophy that allows me to develop a holistic, tailor-made nursing approach that leads to patient and nurse satisfaction (Kemp, 2003). The main lesson learned from this philosophical development efforts is that it is important to develop systems of decision making, support and problem solving that are accurate and adaptable to the nursing profession. Doing so will allow me to exercise diligence and growth in my nursing practice and simultaneously contribute towards improvement in patient outcomes at my workplace.


The need to promote a culture of compassion in caregiving is the main foundation tenet of my personal philosophy of nursing. The awareness of the culturally diverse context in which I operate is a major motivator when it comes to my efforts to respond appropriately to patients’ expectations as defined through their social and cultural values and norms and described in Watson’s theory. At the same time, it is prudent to adjust beliefs and norms depending on the expectations and requirements stipulated by both professional needs and cultural realities. This maintenance of the components of health, societal wellbeing, compassion, and a trust-oriented approach to nursing allows for a positive correlation between nurses’ work and improvement in care outcomes.


Godfrey, A and Yu, X. (2000). Developing Community Health Nursing Skills Collaboration in a Culturally Diverse Population. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 7(3), 76-79.

Gortner, S. (1993). Nursing’s syntax revisited: A critique of philosophies said to influence nursing theories. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 30(6, 477-488).

Kemp, C. (2003). Community Health Nursing Education: Where We Are Going and How to get There. Nursing Eduation Perspectives, 24(3), 144-150.

Lee, L-C and Chou, M-H. (2007). Initial Formation of Nursing Philosophies Following Fundamental Clinical Practice: The Experience of Male Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Research, 3(8), 12-64.

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