As called, with all humility and gentleness, with

a future nurse, caring is an integral part of my character and the way that I
present myself to others and is only truly demonstrated in my actions, thoughts,
the way I spend my time, and my ability to listen.  To me, caring means the compassionate act of
putting others before myself in a way that promotes an enhanced sense of
self-worth and well-being to those around me.  According to Smith, Duell,
Martin, Aebersold, and Gonzalez (2017),
the ANA Code of Ethics states that as a nurse I am called to practice “with
compassion and respect for inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every
individual” (p. 3).  The idea of
compassion is emphasized further as a Christian nurse.  Colossians
3:12 states “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,
and patience.”  This is manifested in my
actions as I speak to my patients, provide comfort, and advocate for them.  Berman, Snyder, and Frandsen (2016) further emphasize the role of caring in
how nurses connect with others and relate to them, using theorists such as
Mayeroff who believed caring to be a timely growth process and Swanson who saw
it as an intervening commitment process. 
Overall, I believe caring to be an initial mindset that is
only proved to the patient and others with time and through intentional actions.  Paul
urges us in Ephesians 4:1-3 (English Standard Version) to “walk in a manner
worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and
gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain
the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 
As a Christian nurse, I am to continuously exude a caring attitude and
have to trust that with time, my intentions will be made known as I care for my
patients and work with others.