Professionalism In Nursing Practice

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Professionalism in Nursing Practice

Professionalism is defined differently according to workplace and environment. Professionalism in the television show is slightly different from the healthcare setting. This paper is talking about professionalism only in the healthcare setting, specified in the nursing profession. “Nursing is an art and science.” (Potter, Perry, Stockert, & Hall, 2015, p. 1). Professionalism in nursing practice bases on these two aspects: art and science. A nurse must have the scientific knowledge to provide a safe treatment to qualify a science concept while respecting a patient’s value is a piece of art in nursing practice. According to Cerit and Dinc, “caring requires more than theoretical knowledge and technical skills;
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“A responsible nurse is competent in knowledge and skill” (Potter et al., 2015, p.76). Nurses must be responsible for what they are performing. They are responsible for providing a complete care that their patient is needed, such as assessment, nursing interventions, and charting. They ensure that they are doing a safe practice without harm to the patient. To provide a safe treatment for the patient, a nurse should have knowledge about the procedure. Moreover, since technology is frequently updated, new treatments, procedures, and techniques are also updated in the healthcare. The nurse should use evidence-based practice to find out more useful options for the patient. William and Hopper stated “using evidence-based nursing practice will increase your power to give the best nursing care possible” (2015, p. 13). I think being a nurse professional, you are not only responsible for the assignments that are assigned by the charge nurse. You should also find out what will be the benefit for your patient because the nurse also played as an educator and advocator. Besides of responsibilities to provide safe care, a nurse should show up on time. I compare patient’s safety to time running. If nurses show up thirty minutes late, that means they have put the patient at risk for thirty minutes also. So being on time is very important in the nursing …show more content…
Autonomy is a component of ethical principle in nursing practice. Autonomy is defined as “the right of self-determination, independence, and freedom founded on the notion that humans have value, worth, and moral dignity” (William & Hopper, 2015, p.29). It is true that patient has a right to refuse treatment, and nurse should respect their wish. In my opinion, it doesn’t mean that you follow their choice without questioning the reason for denying treatment. Whether the patient has any concern or unclear about the treatment, or they have an alternated treatment for their preference. However, the nurse should inform all possible outcomes about refusing the treatments. A research studied the effect of building the relational autonomy between nurse and patient on cardiovascular risks management has shown significantly improve healthier lifestyles (Loon, Van, Van, Elwyn, & Widdershoven, 2014). The authors explain that by working together between nurse and patient, the patient has made a healthier choice. I think “rational autonomy” is an important act of being a professional. Nurse commit to providing benefit for the patient while respecting the patient’s value.
Lastly, compassion is also one of professionalism criteria. I used to determine the outside appearance of being professional. I grew up in the society which labels tattoo, colorful hair, and body piercing as unprofessional. When I moved

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