is in no way an independent entity.  It is
impacted and closely related to man, health, society, environment, and global
perspective.  Nursing assesses mankind
with a holistic mindset.  Furthermore,
having a Christian perspective gives me the responsibility of viewing man in
the image of God.  The Bible states in
Genesis 1:27 (New International Version) that “God created mankind in his own
image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created
them.”  Another goal of nursing is to maintain
and restore health.  I define health as the
optimum physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being of an individual
that allows needs to be met in a way that brings about lifelong
betterment.  Moreover, nursing is
affected by societal interaction because the community’s view of the profession
involving gender roles, technological advancements, and politics is key to
delivering proper care to patients.  It
is the responsibility of the nurse to understand society at large so as to
better understand patient problems and concerns in a way that develops trust.  Similarly, the environment that surrounds nursing
including physical, work, and patient environments is influential in how the
nurse responds and utilizes what is available. 
Nursing also plays a role in global perspective in the way that it is
implemented and compared in different countries and across cultures.  Above all, nursing’s goal of promoting health
transcends mankind, societies, and environments across the globe.  This ethical principle is seen in Galatians
3:28 that states, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free,
nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”


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