The philosophy of nursing is care of the ill and injured patient. Most nursing schools teach a "holistic" approach which means that the total individual be treated regardless of whats wrong with them. Say for example the patient has a sore throat, the nurse must treat the throat but also take into consideration the persons emotional,social,and spiritual health. Nurse's follow physicians orders. The nurse and the doctor together with other members of the health care team facilitate wellness when possible but also comfort the disabled and dying when called upon.
An underlying philosophy is compassionate, competent care of all people from all walks of life regardless of age,gender,race, or religion.