Kelly's Professional Criteria in Nursing Essay

1000 Words Oct 21st, 2012 4 Pages
Kelly's Professional Criteria

Kelly's Professional Criteria
Nursing has emerged throughout history from being task oriented to what it is today, where education and research lay the foundation of our profession. There has been ongoing controversy on whether nursing is in fact a profession or an occupation, even among nursing organizations. Lucie Kelly has spent most of her career exploring the dimensions of professional nursing. She is a registered nurse (RN) herself and also is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a member of the Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 66). The eight characteristics that she uses to describe professionalism are what I believe nursing to be. Kelly’s model
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The sixth criteria states that practitioners are motivated by service and consider their work an important component of their lives (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 67). Being a nurse is giving of yourself for the benefit of others. Nursing is our career and with that each of us must have an income but at the end of the day, it is not the paycheck that matters, it is our patients and their family members. I consider myself a nurse in every aspect of my life.
Kelly’s seventh professional criteria is that there is a code of ethics to guide the decisions and conduct of practitioners (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 68). Nursing as a profession has many standards and rules that guide us in our daily practices. For nursing care to be effective trust must develop between a nurse and the patient. We must be trustworthy and ethical in every action we do for this to occur and so we are appropriate mentors to the less experienced nurse.
Kelly’s final professional criteria states that there is an organization that encourages and supports high standards of practice (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 68). There are numerous professional nursing associations to consider for membership that support and encourage nurses and our profession. These organizations range from national levels to state levels and can be specific to areas of nursing practice, for example: Arkansas Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation Association (ACVPR) is specific to professionals

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