Moreover, I believe that nursing leadership is critical to the lives of nurses. Thus, it is essential that a nurse leader is consistent and knowledgeable on ways to facilitate the development of nursing practice environments that enable nurses to deliver quality nursing care. For such an environment to be met, it is my belief that I will not only be required to advocate quality care but also need to communicate articulately, be a mentor, a visionary, a mentor and a role
Every nursing, in order to consider the profession must have an understanding of at least three of the five professional values, in my opinion. These values consist of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice (Taylor 96). Beginning with the professional value of Altruism, the believe in or practice and self concern for the well-being of others (96). I believe that in order to be the best nurse you can be for your patients, you must understand the concept of altruism. As a nurse, your profession is to take care of people, if you do not know the professional value of altruism than you cannot possibly understand how important it is to care about the wellbeing of your patient.
It is the responsibility of nurses to keep it confidential or disclose only the relevant information when required by law or if the person is at risk or a child is involved. It incorporates the fact that the nurses should not be taking advantage of the vulnerable health consumers such as children, older, frail and mentally ill people. It is the duty of nurses to encourage the health consumers to advocate for themselves when they are not happy about the care being delivered. It is also the duty of the nurses to create awareness about the professional relationship of health consumers with health practitioners. It guides nurses, not to get over-involved in therapeutic relationship, control emotions and reduce negligence.
Serious or prolonged failure to follow this guidance will put your registration in danger. Individuals should be able to trust that their registered nurse will behave professionally towards them during treatment and not see them as a potential abuser or threat to their life. For example, some patients may become more vulnerable than others and the more susceptible someone is, the more likely it is that creating a relationship with them would be a misuse of power and your position as a registered nurse. Professional boundaries mean that we have a responsibility to do things to the individual in their best interest, support them and ensure our behaviour does not disengaged them from us. Although dealing with difficult issues can be stressful and draining work, professional boundaries help the registered nurse to manage their
Delegation is part of healthcare clinicians’ everyday life. It is important for us a nurses to be careful when we chose to delegate to be sure not to compromise our patient’s safety. There are several mechanisms in place to ensure patient safety for example hospital policy and procedure manuals. As nurses when we provide patient care it is imperative that we remain in our scope of practice. Throughout my nursing career, I have learned when delegating one must remain accountable and responsible.
What is professionalism in nursing mean? According to Webster’s dictionary professionalism is defined as “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.” Nursing is considered a profession because it requires both extensive education and specialized training. It also includes certain core values such as compassion, accountability and self-worth, along with work ethic, attitude, and communication to reach and maintain that status. Compassion is a fundamental part of nursing.
Being a nurse is not always as easy and picture perfect as people paint it to be. A nurse is expected to act perfectly professional, even when tears, anger and all-around emotions are begging to come out. A nurse must always be the one that has their life together, especially when others do not. They are there to be the ones to hold and care for others in desperate times of need. Nurses are expected to be more than just a nurse, but rather an advocate, caregiver, support system and professional.
As I pursue my career in nursing, the skills and experiences that I have gained from 4-H will continue to play a major role in my life. Planning and organizing, critical thinking, and empathy are definitely needed in order to become an exceptional nurse. It is crucial to be organized when taking care of patients. Paperwork must be adequately filed for each individual patient and any confusion with documents is unacceptable. Inaccurate documentation could potentially lead to medications being misused, which would in turn harm the patient.
Nurses follow an ethical code to ensure professionalism is maintained while caring for patients. Nurses need to provide compassionate care with respect and dignity regardless of personal values and economical status (Brown, Lachman & Swanson, 2015). Patients and families trust nurses to advocate for their rights, safety and wellbeing. Nurses are held to a high standard when it comes to promoting a culture of safety, ensuring clinical judgement and maintaining confidentiality for our patients (Brown, Lachman & Swanson, 2015).
All professions follow a code of ethics. A code of ethics provides legal and ethical guidance to members of a profession. The field of ethics describes how we must treat each other, how we must act, what we must do and why. As professionals, we identify ethical issues that tend to arise within our chosen profession. To consider ethical issues, we need some level of guidance, which is the code of ethics.
SAFETY IN THE NURSING PROFESSION It is the belief of many medical professionals that proper safety protocols in the medical environment is paramount. There is nothing more important in a hospital setting than overall safety. This goes for both patient safety as well as the safety of the hospital staff. Both patient and staff have their own precautions that must be taken and steps that must be followed to ensure there are no mishaps.
Amidst a whirlwind of change, nurses continue their roles as competent, honorable professionals. A relatively new issue, cultural integrity, correlates with the Code regarding “treatment of the human response.” The American Nurses Association’s “Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements”, also called the Code, highlights nurses’ consensus on professional principles. Nursing ethics guide how practitioners treat their patients and peers. Sensitivity to individual societal, familial and cultural background plays an important role in organizational integrity.
A healthcare system should include an interprofessional team that works well together. If everyone in the interprofessional team is not cooperative or passionate about building the group, this may impact a patient’s outcome. The goal of an interprofessional team within a healthcare system is to provide the finest quality of care for their patients. If one or multiple cannot put the effort to work with others, the intended result may be corrupt. It is vital for healthcare interprofessional teams to function as a whole to provide the greatest result.