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.
Professional Autonomy in Nursing refers to the ability of the nurse to act based on her knowledge and judgement. Ensuring the provision of care is within the ambit of the profession. Using their expertise in delivering quality nursing care. They have the authority to take and make decisions based on professional regulations and knowledge in patient care .However autonomy does not come with inaction but comes with competence in knowledge and skills. Being courageous enough to take charge and responsibility when situations demand for it in clinical practice.
They include leading by an example, Advocating for change, respect for other people’s roles and practical communication skills. With this skill as a leader, it provides several opportunities to advance career-wise, the other team of nurses respects you, and at the bedside, you get the attention and care you deserve. Such skills help a leader establish a reliable and robust team that is ready to work without conditions. Influential nurse leaders enhance good relationships between patients and nurses and also create a healthy atmosphere. As a professional nurse, my work environment plays a role in helping me move up the ladder of my career, sharpening my leadership skills and polishing my decision-making skills.
Nurses admit to mistakes they have made. For example, if a nurse administrates a medication to the wrong patient by mistake, the nurse has to be honest and admit the mistake in order to save patient's life. In conclusion, Professionalism is extremely important in the nursing profession in order to maximize Patient's outcomes. Furthermore, nurses’ interactions and relationships with patients are important to ensure that the outcomes are met. Professionalism in nursing profession has basic principles Such as discipline, integrity, teamwork, Appearance, caring, empathy, and honesty.
As such, safety, delegation, and quality of care are dependent on one another. In other words, effective teamwork among the nursing staff directly impacts overall employee satisfaction and staff morale which influence patient outcomes. What is Team Nursing? A nursing team usually consists of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP), and unit secretaries (USs). When functioning at its best, this model helps nurses provide optimal and attentive care.
Goal of nursing is to provide the patient or family member of meeting the patient ‘s self care needs, maintain patient health, recover or regain normal state of health in the event of disease and to stabilize, control or minimize the effect of chronic poor health. According to Watson (1999) nursing is the profession or practice of providing care of the physical, mental and social nature. Chin and Kramer (2004) explain in a theory as a creative and rigorous structuring of ideas that projects a tentative, purposeful, and systematic view of phenomena. Nursing theory also provide critical thinking and clinical decision making process of professional nursing practice. Nursing theory is a concept that explains facts or event.
Patients have a right to receive the best treatment possible in medical settings around the world. Sometimes a patient can refuse that treatment and as nurses we have to stand by and let that happen. Despite the fact that informed consent is not always directly obtained by a nurse, we still have a duty to assist the physician and patient in order to make the process as fluid and smooth as possible. One of the best interventions we can implement is guide a patient by educating them so that they understand the procedure and the risks involved with it; by doing so, we preserve patient autonomy. As nurses we establish a bond with our patients and we want to help them as much as we can, so obtaining consent from a patient and making sure we do it
When a nurse graduates from a program they are expected to continue to learn new things and stay up to date on the current needs of the community. They are also expected to educate their patients and their family or caregiver on how to care for themselves and how to stay healthy. Nursing requires certain characteristics and beliefs to be competent and responsible. I believe that I am capable of being an excellent nurse who patients trust and look to for advice on their health. I am an advocate for my patients, meaning that I need to know what the patients wants
In the article “Skills for Nursing Practice” The authors note that Nursing takes skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, and compassion. These skills are focused around patients, and promotes dignity and respect toward the patient. When becoming a nurse, one of the most important skills is to be organized. This helps with decision making, critical thinking, knowledge, and being professional (Felton). When working in an ER it is important to be up to date with what is going on, and remaining calm in stressful situations.
This includes maintaining eye contact with the patient showing you are concentrating, and ensuring your body language is open showing that you are listening to the patient’s concerns or worries. Distractions must also be avoided during a conversation. This strengthens the nurse-patient relationship and helps to maintain patient dignity at all times. I understand how important nursing standards contribute to effective and quality care, and how nurses are required to put patients at the centre of their care. (RCN, 2018).