My Nursing Ethic
Grand Canyon University
Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
July 21, 2011
My Nursing Ethic
There are several factors that contribute to who humans truly are as individuals. We are all shaped by our personal experiences, memories, emotions, and knowledge affecting our perceptions, reasoning and judgment of people and situations. The collection of these factors makes up the basis for an individual’s personal ethical philosophy. A personal philosophy, or worldview, guides behaviors and acts as a source of inspiration and motivation. As a nurse, it is essential to consider the client’s worldview as it is the basis for their reality and will have an effect on the view of their health and is necessary in providing a holistic plan of care. In order for the professional nurse to provide such care it is essential to have an awareness of factors influencing his or her own worldview and develop a moral compass (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2008).
My Professional Moral Compass
According to Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary of English, a moral compass is, "anything which serves to guide a person’s decisions based on morals or virtues,” (Moral compass, 2011). My personal moral compass is directed by various inspirations, passions, and values that have become essential to my happiness. Family, laughter, integrity, benevolence, honor, loyalty, hard work, service unto others, self-discipline, compassion, and accountability were values instilled in me at a very young age. I am most thankful to my parents for making it a priority to stress these values as an important attributes for man to possess in order to be a contribution to society. These values have served as unwavering principles in guiding my personal decisions and essentially contributed to my happiness.
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