A great number of registered nurses are trained at less than the baccalaureate level. Unlike other professional healthcare disciplines, the professional of nursing has various levels of entry. Several nursing professional organizations are trying to advance the level of entry of nursing through baccalaureate level. A baccalaureate education has a strong influence in the nursing profession. It provides nurses with critical thinking skills and professional advancement. Numerous states have proposed legislation to consent accomplishment of baccalaureate education with the nursing profession. What does nursing professionalism mean to you? Why is nursing professionalism important to the nursing as a profession? Be specific and provide details. Nursing professionalism is about reporting to work on time, perform and abide to the guidelines as defined with the Nevada Nurse Practice Act and conducts self in a professional manner in accordance with the facility policies which I work on. Nursing professionalism is significant to nursing as a profession. The way a nurse conducts oneself in a workplace in a manner of respect, mutual trust with co-workers and using wise judgment in all undertakings are indicators of professionalism. How can we as nurses improve the profession of nursing? Is nursing a job or a profession? Why? I consider nursing as a job. According Blaise and Haise (2006), there is little commitment to a job other than going to work, doing what is expected, and collecting a paycheck. Nursing is also a profession. A nurse is specifically educated to take care of patients and anticipate their impending problems and needs. Other nurses consider nursing as a job, not a profession. There are instances that nurses act in a way that does not clearly exhibits the principles of public service. Nurses can improve the profession of nursing by conducting oneself in a professional manner in all his or her dealings and must be in compliance with the facility policies in which the nurse works. Nurses must not only be considerate to the needs of their patients, but their co-workers as well. Since nursing is a profession, nurses should enhance their competency by continuing their education and keeping abreast with the latest technology and research. What factors influenced you to become a nurse? Why have you returned to school for your BSN? What has been the reaction of those around you to your return to school, such as family, friends and colleagues? There are a countless of reasons why I wanted to become a nurse. It all started when my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her illness brought our family closer. I did not know what to do and the doctor along with the nurses were discussing my mom’s condition using medical jargon. This prompted me to go back to school and become a nurse. Another reason that I returned to school for my Bachelors of Science in Nursing is more of a career choice. Majority of the management positions requires bachelor’s degree. My family is very supportive with my decision to finish my baccalaureate degree in nursing. Friends and colleagues are showing support by checking my progress with school. They are all excited with the idea of me being able to finish my baccalaureate degree. Most of my colleagues have an interest to go back to school, but they could not seem to find time. We all urge each other to register and many make a lot of excuses not to enroll. I promised myself to go back to school before my 40th birthday and I am proud to say I did. Search the NSC Library for two (2) articles on nursing as a profession or nursing professionalism. 1.) Provide a detailed synopsis of both articles. Were they research articles and if so, what were the findings? If not research articles, what information were the author(s) trying to convey? 2.) What was the significance in each article to the nursing profession? 3.) What was your personal reaction or feelings after...
References: American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (6th ed.)
Ervin, N. (2006). 101 ways to improve nursing culture: professionalism. Michigan Nurse, 15.
Retrieved February 7, 2013, from www.cinahl.com.
Lane, S. H., & Kohlenberg, E. (2010). The future of baccalaureate degrees for nurses. Nursing
Forum, 45, 218-227
Tourville, C., & Ingalls, K. (2003). The Living Tree of Nursing Theories. Nursing
Forum, 38(3), 21
Please join StudyMode to read the full document