I grew up in a caring environment where, like an unspoken rule, each one made sure to look after another. Having learned the importance of giving and receiving compassion at an early age, I have become a medical professional who is focused on patients not just as health cases, but as significant human individuals who must be provided with separate or subjective modes of health care. Interaction is very essential on top of motivating them to be partners in their health care. I deem it very significant to really spend time and talk with my clients not just to stimulate them to verbalize feelings and emotions, but to make them feel really at ease with me as their health advocate. To quote Maya Angelou, a famous American poet, “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Critical thinking and professional practice must be scientific- and knowledge-based, but I believe that there is more to this profession than just the good education background and worthy years of experience. Skills learned, behavior, and knowledge are the core of each medical professional’s practice to fulfill the demands of their commitment as health advocates. On top of those, reflective practice also plays a significant role. It is the process by which practitioners can enhance their reflection upon and understand themselves and be able to stand on their existing strengths and use them as basis when making decisions and taking appropriate actions.

I had a great deal of exposure to providing healthcare and teaching in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, primary care, urgent care, acute hemodialysis, family PACT, woman health care, and weight management. I am nearing the end of my Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program, the completion phase of my dissertation.

With all these said, and with the advanced studies I have completed (and due to complete), I still hold on to my personal philosophy of caring and being compassionate, and to stay on the track that Florence Nightingale paved: to put the patient at the center of my model and always aim to meet his needs, manipulate his environment, and ensure attainment of healthy state (Zaccagnini & White, 2014).

(Zaccagnini, M., White, K. (2014). The Doctor of Nursing Practice Essentials - A New Model for Advanced Practice Nursing (3rd Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning). Email: 626-701-8807

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