Professional Role Expectations

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4. Discuss professional role expectations, competencies, and scope of practice in relation to educational preparation of nurses. There are three main nursing programs that will provide a starting nursing license that can be further focused through master and doctorate programs along with specialized certification. The Licensed Practical Nurse program is one that I am very familiar with. The associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree of nursing will give a registered nurse title, although few schools now provide associates of nursing education. You can also get a diploma from an accredited nursing program to get an initial license. An LPN title requires one year of pharmacology, nursing skills, anatomy, biology, and clinical hours. At CSM, we covered pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, and medical-surgical including a day in the operating room. With an LPN, one works under a registered nurse. Practical nurses perform basic nursing cares including catheter insertion and care and common medication administration. Unless further licensed, …show more content…
We only have the right to give medical education and advice out to clients such as “exercising 30 minutes a day” or “quit smoking to reduce chance of lung cancer”. We are not trained or educated as legal consultants and shouldn’t behave as such. To protect your nursing license, “encourage clients to confer with their families and to consult an attorney” (Rosdahl, 2012, p. 39).
Being competent in your practice is another ethical principle of the nursing profession. Not only should you understand your skill set as a nurse but also be knowledgeable about the policies and procedures of the facility you work for. This principle also means you should come to work fully prepared meaning no lack of sleep or hindering of your practice from drugs and alcohol. You have to be responsible to correct your mistakes and not ignore your patient’s needs (Rosdahl, 2012, p.

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