Professional Roles and Values
Western Governors University
Professional Roles and Values
There are some very distinct differences between regulatory agency and professional nursing organization as well as some similarities that overlap. A State Board of Nursing, NCSBN, CCNE, and the NLN are all regulatory agencies that are responsible for setting educational requirements either to become a nurse or regulates CE requirements or they set criteria for what is on the test to assure that testing is standardized throughout the United States. These regulatory entities are responsible for testing for licensure. They set the scope of practice within their individual state to determine what different levels of nursing may or may not do, and responding to complaints towards health care facilities or individual practitioners. A professional nursing organization on the other hand, such as the ANA, advocates for the patient and the role of nursing. The ANA developed the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators or commonly called the NDNQI. The NDNQI is a database that keeps track of outcomes for patients and evaluates the nursing practice as related to patient outcomes. Rowell, P. (September 30, 2003). This data is then used to come up with the best practice. A professional nursing organization lobbies for better wages for nurses as a whole. They share data with other professional nursing organizations to help establish a standardized practice. In my particular field of nursing in the ICU some of the best practices established are washing urinary catheters with soap and water and cleaning intubated patients mouths with chlorhexidine to help reduce ventilator acquired pneumonia. The ANA code of ethics has affected my career significantly over the past 11 years. Every aspect of the code of ethics is ingrained in the practice of nursing itself. Provision one from the code of ethics has a recurring theme regardless of what area of nursing I am working. Provision one states that: “The nurse in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems”. American Nurses Association. (2001). This provision of the ANA’s code of ethics is pivotal within every aspect of nursing. A large part of this provision is the respect for human dignity and the right to self-determination. This is true whether in the ICU with a patient that has chosen to die with dignity or in an acute psychiatric facility with a patient that is having an exacerbation of bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia. A patient has the right to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their choices in life or who they are. Provision three of the ANA’s code of ethics states that “the nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and the rights of the patient”. American Nurses Association. (2001). Provision three is as simple as it states. We, as nurses, are not only advocates for the patient, but protectors of the patient against possibly family, other patients, or impaired or questionable practice from other practitioners. It is important throughout all disciplines of nursing to protect the safety and privacy of the patient. Four professional traits that I believe that I will bring to the interdisciplinary team are traits that I believe to be very important to being a well-rounded professional nurse. I believe that all of the traits are important and I believe I could bring all to the table, but the four listed I believe I am strongest at. I believe strongly in respecting human dignity. I believe in a patient’s right to have self-determination. I believe in being responsible and practicing responsibly as well as being accountable for the decisions that I make in my...
References: American Nurses Association. (2001). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.
Rowell, P. (September 30, 2003). "The Professional Nursing Association’s Role in Patient Safety". Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Vol. 8 No. 3, Manuscript 3. Available: www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume82003/No3Sept2003/AssociationsRole.aspx
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