Professionalism And Competence, And Florence Nightingale's Contribution To Nursing

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In the late 1800s the nursing profession began with a legacy known as Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale started the basic fundamentals of patient care which is still taught in nursing schools around the world. Her greatest legacy to the nursing profession is the fact that she elevated nursing to a higher degree of professionalism and respectability than ever before.” Nurses have come a long way since then, and have to go by the standards of practice. Nursing Councils Code of Conduct, Scopes of Nursing Practice and Competence, Code of Ethics, and American Nurses Association are just some of the required standards that are put in place to help maintain guidance on expected professional nursing behavior. The standards are based on the …show more content…
Nurses are responsible for the lives of others so they need have the qualities it takes to take their jobs very seriously. It is important that the nurse have professionalism in and outside the workplace. Nurses need to see their patients as individuals, to know that every patient is different and may have different needs than others. Nurses do not need to show prejudice towards any patient and know that patients are going to come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, races, and genders. Patients also will have different cultural and religious beliefs than the nurse so the nurse needs to be educated on the different needs associated with their beliefs. It is important for the nurse not to make assumptions about a patient based on their appearances. “A truly professional nurse would ensure a high standard non biased care for all …show more content…
The nurse should be clean, have clean clothes, clean shoes, and have well-kept hair and nails. Nurses should always have a smile. Without a smile the uniform is not complete. Facial expressions and body language can say a lot about a situation so the nurse should be very cautious of any expressions made. Sometimes what is said and how it is said can play a role in communication so the nurse should always show professionalism and be cautious of the way things are said. It is important for the nurse to show up on time and to be prepared. A nurse never knows what will happen during the shift so they should always be prepared for the unexpected. If an emergency situation occurs the nurse would show professionalism by remaining calm, level headed, and on top of the situation as fast as possible. It is important for the nurse to have a healthy lifestyle and eat right so they can be on top of their game. It takes a toll on the nurses’ body to be on their feet standing for long periods and lifting heavy objects or people, so they need to be trained for these

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