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**Personal Philosophy Paper Objectives • Begin to formulate a personal philosophy of nursing. • Identify a personal definition, assumptions, and understanding of the four phenomena of concern in nursing. • Compare and contrast individual nursing philosophy and professionally established philosophies. • Discuss the nurse’s role in providing care to individuals, families, communities and populations that is caring and compassionate (Course objective #3). • Verbalize a commitment to health care policies that are rooted in the principles of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice (Course objective # 8). • Identify the interrelationship between nursing’s core values and Franciscan values (Course objective # 21). Directions Prepare a minimum 5-page, maximum 7-page paper. (I will stop reading after page 7). A minimum of 3 scholarly sources must be used excluding the text. Included in the paper must be a discussion of the following: 1. Discuss your personal philosophy of nursing including: definition, assumptions, and understanding of the following interrelated concepts: person, environment, health, and nursing. 2. Compare and contrast your belief/philosophy with that of a professionally recognized nurse theorist (faculty must approve the theorist you choose). 3. How does your personal philosophy address culture, spirituality, age, gender, etc.? 4. How does your personal nursing philosophy assist patients and families in their own quest for God? 5. Does your philosophy have implications for the future of nursing and/or new nursing roles? Two theorists I picked to base my own theory on are Jean Watson and Martha Rogers.