Definition Of Professionalism In Nursing

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Nursing is a profession that started in home, when care givers took care of the sick family members, women giving birth, or the care of babies after death of mother during delivery (Weatherford, 2010). In the beginning nursing was not considered as a profession and nurses followed orders of physicians, but modern nursing is continually evolving (Risjord, 2010). Modern nursing evolved from just following physicians’ orders to a complex and multi focused profession. The basic goal of nursing is providing a safe and caring environment that promotes health and well-being of the patient (Selanders and Crane, 2012). According to American Nursing Association (ANA), meaning of nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimizing abilities and health …show more content…
The author Val Gokenbach defines professionalism as a chosen and paid occupation that requires prolonged training and formal qualification (Val, 2012). The professionalism in nursing was initiated by Florence Nightingale by setting a high standard of practice (Val, 2012). Professionalism is the applied perception of each professional nurse with regard to the scope, code of ethics, standards of practice, and social policy of nursing (Joyce, 2013). A professional nurse should possess honesty, responsibility, need to believe in human dignity, pursuit of knowledge and treats all patients equally (Val, 2012). Professionalism can be demonstrated by a nurse’s attitude, appearance, and by the willingness to provide help to people in need (Val, 2012). In my view, nurses are expected to display competence and skillful behaviors in alignment with nursing profession in order to provide effective nursing …show more content…
According to American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA), the goal of holistic nursing is to heal the person as whole being (what is holistic nursing, 2016). The concept of holistic nursing dates backs to the period of Florence Nightingale and is based on nightingale’s works (Daniel, 2016). In order to provide holistic care, nurse must consider the care of entire person, rather than the disease alone. The nurses need to consider the approach of mind, body, spirit, emotion and environment of the patients to provide a holistic care (Nina & Darlene, 2013). Holistic nursing is the nursing care provided by honoring the patient’s view about health, beliefs about what is health and values of health, and also by considering the beliefs and concerns of family members and community (Noreen, 2001). Holistic nursing also includes the integration of complementary/alternative modalities in to nursing to treat people’s psychological, physiological and spiritual necessities (what is holistic nursing, 2016) As a nurse I believe in considering the patient’s mind, body, emotions, cultural, social, spiritual and religious beliefs and preferences about treatment to provide a holistic

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