MSN, FNP-BC, EMT-Paramedic
In an effort to understand my Nursing Philosophy, one must first understand my background. November of 1990 signaled a life altering moment from which effects continue to make me who I am today. At a young age of three I emigrated, with my family, to the United States of America as refugees seeking religious asylum. Although I did not understand the difficultly of cultural immersion and shock, my life unravelled in a country I can proudly call my home. Early on, I struggled to fit in as I spoke a foreign language although quickly learned English and began to assimilate into the lifestyle of those around me. At the completion of 12th grade I struggled to find something I had a passion for until one fateful night led me to a sign that would change the course of my life, "Volunteers Wanted". A local Ambulance agency had posted a small sign to draw the attention of community members seeking to become involved in giving back, a niche I had yet to discover. I applied the next week and became much involved in an agency I am still a member of to this day known as WAVES Ambulance.
Rather quickly I found a passion in providing medical care for those in need. Little did I know that by applying to WAVES I would one day be Masters prepared, let alone a Registered Nurse. This passion was fueled by none other than my parents whom I watched work factory jobs to allow my siblings and I a chance for an education in a way they never could. They instilled in me the values and beliefs of Jesus Christ whom said "do to others as you would have them do to you". This memorable and widely known ideology is what I hold dear and true today when providing care to those in need.
Understanding that christians in Ukraine, formerly part of the USSR, were not given equal opportunities nor rights to education and work, I took my opportunity seriously. Despite days with little to no sleep, financial concerns, and a lack of the social life my childhood friends had, I was set on becoming the best that I could in a society that gave my family such an amazing opportunity. Looking back on the decade of post grade-school education I have successfully completed, I can proudly say that I have not forgotten the hopes and hard work my parents displayed. My future will be used to give to those whom need caring, understanding, hope, and a chance to live in the best health possible.
Throughout the many challenges in my life, I have come to understand that change is something that happens best when those affected work together. Imogene King’s Theory of Goal Attainment aligns itself with my philosophy of nursing since interpersonal relationships between provider and patient must exist. My life experience has allowed me to appreciate the strength that King’s theory has in patient outcomes. For this reason I have made it a goal to work alongside the patient in developing a plan of care that will work for them, for their situation, and at their comfort level. Despite best efforts of clinician and patient, situations may arise in which outcomes are not attainable. My philosophy once again aligns itself with King, in the sense that openly communicating with the patient allows for goals to be modified. Regardless of the challenges the future may bring, I am confident that keeping my ideals, values, and working along side the patient will bring out the best outcome.