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Professional Nursing Values

Yvonne Simms


Undergraduate Nursing Studies

April 29, 2010

Joseph DeCostanza

Professional values are the foundation for practice; they guide interactions with client, colleagues, other professionals, and the public, by providing the framework for commitment to the Welfare of others. They are also belief or ideas to which an individual is committed and which are reflected in patterns of behavior. Institute of medicine (2000). In this article, I will define Altruism, Autonomy, Human Dignity, Integrity, and Social Justice. I will also identify how these values are demonstrated in our every day lives by other nurses and myself. According to Dougherty (1992) “Altruism is a concern for the welfare and well being of others. It includes personal qualities such as caring, compassion, generosity and it can be reflected in expressing concern about social trends and issues that have implications for health care”. It’s a Term that refers to doing good deeds and service work for others out of the goodness of your heart.

Nurses demonstrate this value by being the patient’s advocate, especially when they are most vulnerable. The values are of giving quality nursing care, demonstrating understanding of their different Cultures, beliefs and perspective of others. By being respectful, listening, understanding, trustworthy, and developing a good nurse-patient relationship.

I demonstrate the value of altruism with my patient by being truthful and answering their question honestly. I provide quality nursing care to my entire patient in a professional manner talking and listening, showing kindness and empathy, respect and confidence in what I do or say.

Autonomy is the freedom to act on what you know, to make responsible, independent decisions in the nursing practice. It is the power to perform or take charge of a situation for the benefit of the patient. It includes skills such as administering narcotics,...
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