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Professional Values for the BSN Student

Complete the worksheet with a substantive response to each prompt.

Define each term using the course textbooks or a peer-reviewed resource.

Describe how you, as a BSN student, demonstrate each value as you interact with patients and other health care providers. Provide specific examples of how your values influence your attitudes and behaviors. Each response must be 100 to 150 words.

|Value |Definition |Personal Demonstration | |Altruism |Milton (2012) defines altruism as “the principle|I was recently approached by my director and asked | | |or practice of unselfish concern and devotion to|if I would be willing to help out another unit by | | |the welfare of others.” |answering their phones and taking doctor’s orders, | | | |and doing some clerical work for them. I volunteered| | | |to learn how to give dialysis treatments because the| | | |unit was having a staffing crunch due to staff being| | | |off on medical leave, vacations or leaving the | | | |facility for other employment. I always look out for| | | |the good of the patient. | |Autonomy |Skar (2010) states, “Professional autonomy means|As the nursing supervisor, I often find myself | | |having the authority to make decisions and the |making decisions. Recently we admitted a patient | | |freedom to act in accordance with one’s |with a hgb of 4. The doctor wanted a medical bed, no| | |professional knowledge base.” |telemetry. I assigned the patient to the step down | | | |unit as a house convenience because I felt the | | | |patient needed closer monitoring. In code | | | |situations, I have started ACLS protocol before the | | | |doctor has arrived; i.e. starting fluids if none are| | | |running, making sure CPR is being done correctly, | | | |giving that first dose of epinephrine. | |Human Dignity |Rassin (2008) defined human dignity as |I once took care of a man from an assisted living | | |“awareness of a patient’s values and beliefs and|facility for MRDD individuals. He was nonverbal, | | |to honor them.” |whenever he came to the hospital he would wear 3 or | | | |4 watches, his own pillow that was filled with | | | |numerous stuffed animals, his wallet, and various | | | |other items that he treasured. It was useless to try| | |...
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