Aiken (2002) study shows that the nursing shortage has negatively affected communication, nurse patient relationships and timeliness of care and overall competence of nurse’s professional identity. For example, the Francis report in 2013 at the mid Staffordshire foundation trust investigation had bad indication on nurses, healthcare and all the staff in connection to the negative and culture that caused harm to patient. In order to resolve this issue the NHS has to reflect on the nurses’ professional identity, encourage nurses, provide support, and reorganise the work environment (Buerhaus, 2007).
What is a nursing profession? It is a profession in which they save lives of patients, advocate for them and educate them. But what kind of job they normally do? There might be many questions come across in our minds about the nursing profession. As we know that nursing is a profession where they follow certain guidelines to ensure that the patients are given the best quality care. Sadly, nurses are being portrayed in the media in the sense that they are perceived by; sexual fantasies of men and are unskilled professionals in the field.
The idea of how nurses can conduct themselves in a daily basis for some can be viewed as they have it easy or least make it look easy and for others it’s world’s best job. The truth is being a nurse is very difficult job and it can be very labor intensive and very rewarding at the same time. Just think every time you go into the doctor’s office or have an overnight stay in the hospital what all to do your nurse during their shift? In an ideal world and scenario nurses have the perfect amount staff with all the proper equipment readily available. The truth of the matter is that in most cases nurses are short staffed and must maximize their time effectively and effortlessly unbeknown to patients.
It’s about us being gentle and caring in the way we give care and also about us not only looking after their physical needs but looking after them holistically. Nurses should especially have this quality since they are dealing with patients and family so closely. Heijkenskjold et al (2010) and Lindwall et al (2012) agree that patients’ voices being listened to, heard, valued and understood is essential to ensure respect and dignity for patients. Furthermore Heijkenskjold et al (2010) had found that nurses that treated patients as human beings and interacted ‘preserved’ their
There is a high significance for a nursing student completing their degree in nursing to start their career as a nurse practitioner. Nursing students must prepare to become nationally certified by an accredited body upon completion of their schooling in order to advance their career (AANP, 2016). This academic accreditation process helps to show that the students have met the requirements to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in their population focus testing. The scope of practice will be affected based on the certification that the practitioner obtains. If the Nurse Practitioner obtains a certification as a nurse specialists in pediatrics, oncology, geriatrics, emergency medicine, etc. there are scopes and standards of practices that the practitioner must not act outside of (ANA, 2016). There are also state regulation scopes of practices that allow for Nurse Practitioners to practice independently, with reduced practice, and with restricted practice. Along with these practice environments, Nurse Practitioners must abide by facility and institutional policy and procedures that outline their scope of practice (ANA, 2016). There are very few states that still allow Nurse Practitioners to practice without a national certification. These states in the future may require the nurses however to in fact take national certification as more employers and third party insurers for malpractice are looking
Professional identity remains imperative to the nursing profession, as this profession is built on strong morals and core values, as nurses seek to provide safe, high-quality patient care. To develop a professional identity entails far more than acquiring experience in a profession; a professional identity reflects a mixture of internal and external modifications. While one does gain identity through developing a reputation in his or her profession of choice, he or she must also grow on an internal level, guided by values. Even as a nursing student, one can begin to perceive the acquisition of a professional identity.
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. There are 5 professional values that are associated with the description of a nurse.
Nursing is proving care, support, and serve people who are in need. The purpose of nursing is to improve patient 's health condition to a better life. The goal of this paper is to explain my personal philosophy and clarify some of my values of nursing.
Nursing, and everything that it entails, cannot be easily described in just one simple word or phrase. It goes beyond the meaning of a profession and the stereotypical definition of treating the ill. Nursing is the “protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (American Nurses Association, 2010, p. 1). Therefore, it is a career that requires dedication, passion, critical thinking, and knowledge. It demands commitment and an understanding of its core values and concepts, as well as the nurse’s own personal philosophy and principles.
Nursing is an age old profession of compassion, encouragement, and support to the injured. With the development of learned abilities nurses are able to heal by easing suffering, treatment, and encouragement of the care of people, families, communities, and populations. Professional nursing roles entail practices based on evidence that are defensive, recuperative, and promotive when focusing on a holistic manner. Developing professional roles of nurses are highly recognized and nurtured. A nurse plays an essential role in the healthcare system.
‘Nurses have long suffered from stereotyping. Painted as everything from the naughty nurse, to the battle axe matron or the angel in a crisis they have seen it all. These stereotypes may seem like harmless fun, but they are patronizing, undermine the public image of nurses and call into question their professional
Nursing is the profession of providing care to the sick and infirm. Medicine is apart of our heritage as women, and our history. If you were to look at health care in 1800, there was no medical knowledge. “There was no legal definition of a doctor, and few restrictions on the practice of healing” (Robert Dingwall). Medical care was given by family members, especially women, using treatments taken from books of home remedies (Anne Marie Rafferty). Women have always been healers, independent healers, often the only healers for women and the poor (Barbara Ehrenreich).
Great discussion everyone! This far we have discussed and learned how economic reforms in healthcare system affect nurse’s ability to provide care. Weiss article challenges us to think how high turnover rates, increased float staff, increased workload and a move to a more supervisory role over non-licensed personnel creates difficulties in providing the ‘basic nursing care’ that ensures a space for ‘meaningful human interaction’. Austin’s article discusses the impact of economic reforms on nursing in a different manner. Austin contends that nursing is a ‘humanly fulfilling moral mission’ that revolves around ‘caring’. She claims that the meaning of ‘nurse’ ceases when the nature of nursing changes from moral practice to routinized activity.
Our material invites for additional interpretations, however due to the limited scope of our research we have not been able to further unpack and indulge in it. Moreover, we acknowledge that we are not able to determine the managers identities based on single interviews. Nevertheless, during the interviews the managers constructed themselves in ways we understand through the concept of a nursing managerial identity. In addition, we recognize that we are not able to determine to what extent the nursing managerial identity can be understood in the light of their nurse background. In our thesis we have treated the nurse profession as internally heterogeneous, but we accept that the values of care, loyalty, and altruism, which is generally associated with the nurse profession, may be a way to legitimize the nurse profession rather than illustrate an actual ‘truth’. Also, the actual values of the managers may be different from the values expressed during the
I am a Registered Staff nurse who working at Bukit Batok Polyclinic. I am currently studying at the University of Sydney at Singapore Institute of Management pursuing Bachelor in Nursing (Post -registration ) programme. I am writing this letter because I would like to share with you my thoughts on the important of studying the discipline of nursing. I have a deep realization that it is important to study discipline of nursing.