Nursing as a Profession and the Professionalism Standards
Erika Troutman, RN
Nursing 408 Conceptual Bases in Nursing
Linda Jacobson, MSN, RN, PHN, COI, R.N., MSN, PHN, COI , R.N., MSN, PHN, COI , R.N., MSN, PHN, COI January 31, 2013
This paper will discuss the many aspects of my nursing career and what led me to the area in which I choose to work now, and also the standards of nursing as a profession. Ideas that professionalism amongst the nursing community can affect much more than our patients, so we need to find ways and things we can do to improve nursing professionalism including how some may see us simply based on what color scrubs we are wearing. Two nursing journal articles including profession and professionalism and a synopsis of them are included. They will discuss some of the significance and the historical contributions they play today, studies done and perhaps if there is a concern about the nursing profession. I will discuss a nursing theorist and the conceptual ideas they have inspired for nursing in the past, if this is still true in the present and hopefully generations to come.
Nursing professionalism can mean many things but may be different to everyone. I believe nursing professionalism means to uphold the standards of nursing as a profession and to follow all guidelines given by our State Board of Nursing, facility in which we work and community in which we live. Nursing professionalism also includes adhering to all ethical and legal obligations we have to ourselves as nurses and to our patients.
Without nursing professionalism, we would not have boundaries. No boundaries of uniform and no boundaries of scope of practice. The general public would possibly have no different ideas of what we do versus what we are held to do by our licenses. We should and we can make a difference daily at work, no matter what area we have chosen to be in. We are all held to the same standard and anyone who is in need of care should have no reservation of the care they are to receive. Improving the Profession
On a daily basis we are faced with the decisions we make as we care for others and sometimes critical decisions that can impact our patients’ lives. We as nurses have to be assured that we are setting a good example to all those who are watching. Whether it is a student nurse who is precepting, families of our patients or other nursing co-workers, we are obligated to be the best we can be.
Nursing, in my opinion, is much more than just a job. It is the profession I have chosen to live in my life. So many aspects of my life are as a result of my profession. The way I pack my son’s camp first aid kit, the way we stop to help those injured in a car crash and the way we smile when we see someone grateful for what we have done or help provided to them. I believe that no matter how hard we think we are working, we can always strive to be a little better tomorrow. We should always try improving ourselves professionally, educationally and ethically. My Decision to Be a Nurse
When I was young, my mom babysat in our home. One day an unexpected death of a young boy at our home changed my life. I watched as all the medics worked on him persistently trying to revive him. No amount of work saved him. I reflect on the strength it took them to fight back tears and the respect they showed us as they gave compassion and sympathy. I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I went on to be an EMT right out of high school, soon realizing I loved the short term care of patients. I was and still am way too emotional for long term care. I also realized that I could not afford to live on EMT salary. I went back into the medical office setting slowly preparing myself for something bigger. It took many years but I knew I could be a nurse. With many family members in nursing from my grandma,...
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