FRS Nursing Philosophy

Collected by Guy C. Lamunyon RN


In Al-Anon, we learn individuals are not responsible for another person's disease or recovery from it.

We let go of our obsession with another's behavior and begin to lead happier and more manageable lives, lives with dignity and rights, lives guided by, a Power greater than ourselves.


In Al-Anon we learn:

* Not to suffer because of the actions or reactions of other people;

* Not to allow ourselves to be used or abused in the interest of anotherís recovery.

* Not to do for others what they should do for themselves;

* Not to manipulate situations so others will eat, go to bed, getup, pay bills, etc.

* Not to cover up for another's mistakes or misdeeds.

* Not to create a crisis,

* Not to prevent a crisis if it is in the natural course of events.

Detachment is neither kind nor unkind. It does not imply evaluation of the person or situation from which we are detaching. It is simply means for us to recover from the adverse effects of the disease of alcoholism upon our lives. (Excerpted from Al-An on Conference Approved Literature)



THE PATIENT is the most important person in the hospital.

THE PATIENT is dependent on us; our reputation is dependent on him.

THE PATIENT is not an interruption of our work - he is our work.

THE PATIENT does us a favor when he calls; we are not doing him a favor by serving him.

THE PATIENT is not someone to argue with - but someone to comfort.

THE PATIENT is a part of our business - not an outsider.

THE PATIENT is not a cold statistic; he is a flesh and blood human being with feelings and emotions like our own.

THE PATENT is a person who brings us his illness - it is our duty to justify his faith in us.

THE PATIENT is deserving of the most courteous and attentive treatment we can give him.

ALWAYS REMEMBER, if people did not become ill, there would be no need for this or any other hospital.



1. Offer no advice unless it is asked.

2. Listen to other people's dreams and help them in the way they wish to be helped.

3. Encourage them to find their own strength.

4. Reserve judgment - at all times.

5. Admit you don't know all the answers.

6. Build confidence in the other person until his own judgment becomes clear.

7. Have faith in the overall rightness of God's purpose in this world and the next.

8. Dwell on what is right instead of what is wrong.

9. Realize the Divine Being in each person. Respect it.

10. Never discount the other person's good intentions.

(Author unknown)