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In this article, the input nursing had on the writer's academic evolution is discussed, both as an individual living in the society and as a future RN staff nurse. On the one hand, it made the writer change, adjust, and sometimes even correct his philosophy of nursing, as it made the writer completely aware of the immense importance treating the patient and his family has on the entire healing process. The writer concludes that indeed, academic preparation is important in the evolution and professional development of the individual. The writer maintains that it can change and improve one's perspective on certain issues, it can widen one's horizon to subjects and themes that had not been the focus of attention, and at the same time, it can help to take a stand on serious issues such as the right of people to decide on their death.
From the Paper:"There are other values as well which must be taken into consideration and must lay at the foundation and represent the motivation for every nurse dedicated to his job. On the one hand, one must be a caring individual, sensible to the suffering of those around him. This affirmation is based on my own personal experience, as I have come to realize that one must be completely dedicated to opening up to those in pain and at the same time to be ready to offer them support, both medical and moral support, as there are a multitude of dimensions of the healing process a nurse can explore. From one perspective a nurse can give medical support and insure that the doctor's work is carried out with success. From another perspective however, it is important to treat the patient not merely as a name on a hospital sheet, but rather as a man with a past, a personal history, and a particular individual. This cannot be achieved unless there is a vivid willingness to talk to the patient and to become, even if for a short period of time, a reliable presence. However, this raises the question of caring as moral and professional obligation or on the contrary as a trait of humanity and of the sense of human solidarity."
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