Knowledge is the foundation of professionalism, but accountability establishes trust in the profession. Davis (2017) defines accountability as being “answerable to oneself and others for one 's own actions.” This means that when a nurse engages in an activity on the job, she/he will be responsible for the outcome and might suffer negative consequences if her/his actions are careless or reflect poor judgement. Accountability provides a motivation for all professionals to perform well. Most people who are passionate about their profession have an internal desire to perform well, but accountability to one’s colleagues and patients provides an important external motivator to perform well. Nursing is unique as a profession because a nurse is in a position of authority and care over patients.
Introduction Nursing in its entire essence is not only a profession per se but is actually a vocation. A humbling and a rewarding profession that needs a good heart to be able to perform and needs a degree of commitment, discipline and responsibility not only for oneself and also for others. As nurses place value on their commitment to serve, they are also bounded by the profession to be accountable and responsible of ones actions. There is that moral aspect that nurses owe to themselves, to their colleagues and to the community they serve. All nurses same as with other professionals, undertake their practice in accordance to a code of ethics and legal practice which is acceptable to the norms of service to the society.
PART A: DIGNIFIED CARE IN NURSING: Dignity; “the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect.” (Oxforddictionaries.com, 2016). Nurses must respect patient dignity because they have a duty of care to each client. Without respecting this, a patient may feel they have not received the correct standard of care, which may prolong their recovery time. Dignified care in nursing practice means delivering a service to patients or clients in a way that respects their rights as human beings. Nurses have a responsibility to encourage patients to be as independent as possible.
All of those aspects are pivotal in order to maintain a healthy, therapeutic relationship with our clients and to provide the greatest, holistic care possible while maintaining a sense of respect. Brennan and Monson (2014), say it best, stating, “professionalism is an indispensable element in the compact between the medical profession and society.” I consider autonomy and accountability a package deal when it comes to the professional nurse. Being able to work autonomously means that you handle certain situations independently while utilizing your knowledge and the evidence presented to you to come to a decision. You also have to remain accountable for the decisions you made while using that knowledge and take responsibility for those choices and any possible mistakes. These qualities are essential when it comes to operating within a healthcare team in order to gain
Nurses shouldn 't release this confidential data to other persons. Furthermore, Nurses need to be trusted with a great deal of high profile information. A patient counts on a nurse 's professionalism and integrity to keep their medical information confidential. Teamwork: When it comes to the healthcare field, teamwork is very important to ensure ultimate patient care. The nursing
Background and Significance of the Study Moral integrity is the key ingredients and navigator in professional nurses that lead to ultimate goal of nursing care. It has been recognized as a fundamental part of professional nurses’ practice (Ulrich et al, 2010; Pavlish et al, 2012). Professional nurses play the largest role to support the need for individualized treatment of the patient. The goals of the profession of nursing are related to ethical and involve protecting patients from harm while providing care that is the most benefit for the patient (Bosek, 2009; Kopala&Burkhart, 2005; Helft, 2011; Susan, 2013,). Nowadays, professional nurses have encountered to face and manage with moral problem that occur from complexity of patient health problems, advances in technology, inappropriate of health care system, policies and priorities that conflict with care needs, inadequate staffing and increased turnover, or lack of administrative support (Brazil et al.
When one considers the traits needed to be a good nurse, and what a core value of nursing would be, a multitude of characteristics are brought forth. Common ideas brought forth are empathy, integrity, respect and communication. However, an often overlooked but nonetheless quintessential attribute of the nursing practice is accountability. In nursing, where the lives of patient’s and their loved ones, and the reputation of one’s own nursing practice are in one’s hands, it is essential to take responsibility for what you do or do not say or do. Being accountable for one’s actions or words can often mean either recovery or deterioration, health or illness, life or death.
Firstly, I chose Values, Ethics and nursing practice because it is so important. As much as I stated above there is a lot of grey area it is so important to know your own values and to know what is important to you and to others. Values and ethics play a big role in client care because you may not agree with what a client chooses, for example assisted suicide. It’s not up to you to decide what is right for a client and you have to put your own values and beliefs aside to provide the best client care. You must be able to fully understand your own values and beliefs to be able to understand others.
Florence Nightingale What do you think of when you picture a nurse? Most would envision a kind, caring, professional with the highest standards of integrity and humility. Did you know that nurses were once the total opposite of what we would call them today? Florence Nightingale brought nursing from a disreputable and immoral vocation into the honest and ethical profession that is enjoyed today by emphasizing compassion and strict morals in the personal and work lives of her nursing students. (Hoyt, S., 2010) Known as the Mother of Modern Nursing, Florence Nightingale devoted her life to helping others.
It reflects the exploration of one's thoughts, beliefs, behaviours, approaches and values (Bibi, 2016). In healthcare, nurses are constantly interacting with individuals who may not share the same characteristics, therefore, it's very important to recognise these differences in order to successfully develop a therapeutic alliance which will lead to a healthy therapeutic relationship (Rasheed, 2015, p. 213 - 214). Nurses that don't take into consideration self-awareness tend to project personal opinions and beliefs onto those who may not share the same values. (Rasheed, 2015, Bibi, 2016) Therefore, being aware and staying neutral will allow nurses to be person-centred, participating in active listening and having mutual understanding. Reflection is an important aspect of self-awareness and allows health professionals to look back and analyse practices, identifying which aspects need further development (Rasheed, 2015, p. 214, Bibi 2016).