Kelly's Professional Criteria
Nursing has emerged throughout history from being task oriented to what it is today, where education and research lay the foundation of our profession. There has been ongoing controversy on whether nursing is in fact a profession or an occupation, even among nursing organizations. Lucie Kelly has spent most of her career exploring the dimensions of professional nursing. She is a registered nurse (RN) herself and also is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a member of the Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 66). The eight characteristics that she uses to describe professionalism are what I believe nursing to be. Kelly’s model states that a professional is educated, caring, ethical, accountable, service-oriented, obtains knowledge through research, has the ability to practice autonomy and professional associations that encourage and support (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 66).
For her first professional criteria, Kelly states “Services provided are vital to humanity and the welfare of society” (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 66). As nurses, when we are providing care to our patients and their families, we are giving a service that is necessary for the prevention, restoration and maintenance of their health and livelihood. Caring is a component needed by nurses (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 66). I agree with this statement because the first priority of any nurse is to give care in a nurturing and helpful way to patients.
Kelly’s second professional criteria states that there is a special body of knowledge that is continually enlarged through research (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 66). Nursing’s foundation has been laid through continued research. Today nurses are utilizing evidenced-based nursing practice, which is the integration of the best research evidence with our clinical expertise and our patient's unique values and circumstances. Evidence-based
References: Chitty, K. K., & Black, B. P. (2011). Nursing Today. In M. Iannuzzi, & M. A. Zimmerman (Eds.), Professional Nursing Concepts & Challenges (6th ed., pp. 66-68). Maryland Heights, MO: Saunders Elsevier. Evidence Based Practice. (2005). Retrieved July 5, 2011, from http://www.med.yale.edu/library/nursing/education/ebhc2.html