Professionalism Is The Professional, Legal And Ethical Standards Required

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Professionalism is demonstrating the professional, legal and ethical standards required in practice. The nursing profession is a demonstration of professionalism. It is regarded as one of the most highly valued and trusted professions. Just like another other profession, the nursing profession requires skills, knowledge, values and attributes (Nursing Council of New Zealand [NCNZ], 2007).

For a nurse to act professionally, they have to be knowledgeable in the subject, responsible to self and others, conscientious in actions, integrate intellectual and professional standards into practice and use appropriate clinical judgment in key situations. This essay will discuss how a Registered Nurse [RN] demonstrates this professionalism in practice by examining the set of codes and legislations that they must adhere to in New Zealand. These provide guidelines on professional boundaries and a set of expectations and standards required for RNs to be considered competent to practice as well as for professional bodies to assess the competencies of nurses. These include the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act [HPCCA] (2003), the Registered Nurse Competencies (2007) and the Code of Conduct (2012) which are set by the New Zealand Nursing Council as well as the Code of Ethics (New Zealand Nurses Organisation [NZNO], 2010) and the Guidelines: Social Media and Electronic Communication (New Zealand Nursing Council [NZNC], 2012). Nurses have the responsibility to maintain…

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