Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology NUR111 Guidelines for Philosophy of Nursing APA Paper
The writing of a personal philosophy is a product in process and will
likely change along your professional career. In writing a philosophy
paper, remember there are virtually no right or wrong answers; it is a
written version of your values and views of the world. A personal
philosophy is always written through a personal lens even though it may
refer to the ideas of published authors in making clear your views.
Refer to yourself as “I” rather than “the writer”. A philosophy of
nursing should include your perspectives on nurses, nursing, health and
illness, health care recipients, policy making, community issues, and
other topics, which you feel define your practice as a nurse.
*Draft: Submit draft 2 weeks prior to due date. Review and revise as necessary. Submit final paper as per course schedule.
This is an essay to be written in APA style based on course APA Minimum
Expectations. Essays must be structurally intact with appropriate
grammar, sentence and paragraph composition, spelling, punctuation, and
logical, clear essay development (including introduction and
conclusion). Begin the paper by introducing yourself to me, the reader,
with such information as prelicensure background, years out of school,
reasons for returning to school, current nursing practice specialty, and
future plans. This journal is due as indicated on the course calendar.
Paper length approximately 2-3 pages, excluding cover and reference
pages. References are optional.
Content: Address the following
topics as you begin to think about yourself as a nurse and about being a
member of this profession. You may, of course, include additional
topics you feel are important to your personal philosophy:
About you: Influential experiences, individuals, and/or values that
influenced your thoughts and views about nursing. What led you to
nursing? Include your “why” here. Type of learner: How do you
LEARN/PROCESS INFORMATION the best?
a. Professional goals. Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
b. Current social or political issues of most interest to you professionally
2. Meaning of “health” and “illness” to you.
3. Recipients of care: Do you feel it is a right or privilege?
4. Roles of professional nursing in health care, and roles that are not within nursing’s realm.
5. Ideal qualifications to be a professional nurse
6. Future of the profession
7. Provide an example how nursing’s past affects its present and future.
8. Other information you wish to include
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