People, as asserted by Henderson, have their ownbasic needs, and health is one of the major components. According to scholars,people will be satisfied if they achieve both psychological and emotionalbalance in life.
“Person refers to a being composed of physical, intellectual,biochemical, and psychosocial needs; a human energy field; a holistic being inthe world; an open system… (McEwen &Wills page 41). Furthermore, a sharedunderstanding between Henderson and Watson is that patients refer to someonewho needs nursing care which can be achieved through the development of enduringrelationship among patients and their nurses. Nonetheless, human beings aredefined further by Watson as she suggests that besides care, people need to beunderstood, nurtured and respected. Inmy opinion, health is a basic need in humanity, and for the well-being of anindividual, there is need to address the health needs of society.
Besides,regardless of age, individuals will always strive to achieve optimum healthstate. Environment The Need Theory by Henderson suggests thatmaintaining a supportive setting for healthcare organizations is essential forthe patient’s wellbeing, an issue that has been echoed by Watson. The theoryfurther indicates the need for both private and public organizations tomaintain people healthy. Moreover, society expects nurses to give patients thecare they deserve to recover from their illness. According to my understanding,environment refers to the patients surrounding which has to be maintained inorder to facilitate quick recovery. AsWatson describes, “…engaging in genuine teaching-learningexperiences that attend to the unity of being and subjective meaning;attempting to stay within the other’s frame of reference; creating a healingenvironment at all levels; administering sacred nursing acts of caring-healingby tending to basic human needs; opening and attending to spiritual ormysterious and existential unknowns of life and death” (Watson,2008).
Ultimately, Martha Rogers inspiringly concludesthat nurse’s assist human beings achieve well-being within potential of eachindividual, family, or group. Because human energy fields are complex,individualizing nursing services supports simultaneous human and environmentalexchange, encouraging heath (McEwen &Wills page 195). Health World Health Organization suggests threetypes of definition of health seem to be possible and are used in this modern World. The first is that health is the absence ofany disease or impairment. The second is that health is a state that allows theindividual to adequately cope with all demands of daily life (implying also theabsence of disease and impairment). The third definition states that health isa state of balance, an equilibrium that an individual has established withinhimself and between himself and his social and physical environment (Constitution of the World Health Organization 45th.Ed.).
Henderson perceives health to be the ability to perform the various humanneeds without aid. On the other hand, Watson indicated that health is having ashared harmony between the mind, soul, and body which is vital for thewell-being of human beings. Moreover, nurses have a role in promoting health bymanaging the various avenues for diseases. Nonetheless, Henderson acknowledgesthat being healthy is a challenge as the state is influenced by differentfactors which include age, emotional balance and cultural background ofindividuals among other significant issues. Health in my perception should beperceived as a state of soundness or wholeness of an individual. This includesbeing healthy and of good state to carry out daily activities without necessarilybeing aided by others. Nursing Watson pointed out that caring is “themoral ideal of nursing whereby the end is protection, enhancement, andpreservation of human dignity” (Watson,1999,page 29). Nursing as defined by the scholarsrefer to the professional practice through which nurses attend to the patientsto improve well-being of the sick.
This includes assistance given to theindividuals, knowledge gained and strategies adopted to enhance the quality ofcare in healthcare establishments. Henderson asserts that nurse’s care for thepatients until patients can care for themselves once again after recovered fromillness state. The primary goal of any nurse is to support patients to achievecomplete and independent state of health (McEwen& Wills page 137). In essence, I tend to think that nursingshould be considered as the promotion of health, strategies used to preventillness and practices put in place to ensure that patients are well-taken careoff. Conclusion personal experience made me to choose the nursingprofession as I believe that being a nurse is a calling and it is all abouthelping those in need. Therefore, the profession should not be appreciatedbecause of the hearty paycheck, but rather the desire to attend to others. Ichose to be a nurse with a mission to provide safe and quality care to allwithout discrimination based on man created divisions, financial stability ordisability of my clients.
In addition,my life experiences made me realize that life is all about choices and I canmake a difference by employing supreme care to change the way people understandthe nursing profession. Ibelieve the nursing profession is so wide such that it only takes a resilientindividual to push it to the extremes. Certainly, being a nurse provides me abetter platform to serve my community and the patients in a greater capacity.Adopting Jean Watson’s caring theory has been beneficial to me personally aswell as patients who might fall under my care, as I will render care to them toreach optimal health and relish better life experience. Furthermore, intentionto pursue further in nursing will also supply me with a stage to explore bothmy compassionate and my analytical sides and to be a nurse who serves both hispatients and profession.In conclusion, my nursing philosophy has improvedsignificantly over the years, as the profession is gaining new insights withincreased exploration.
However, despite the recent changes, a sharedunderstanding is that there is a need for achieving optimal health care for ourpatient. From the studies, it is evident that different nursing theories areapplied in enhancing health care. Nursing as a profession is not just a job buta calling which needs a caring person. As a nurse, I am determined to provide aholistic approach to providing quality and safe care. Health is a basic rightof every individual and has to be delivered holistically.