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Hi, I just have a few questions. Im a first year student who is in need of help with the following information for an essay on professionalism. Any help is greatly appreciated.
The questions are:
How can nurses make a difference?
What is your most significant achievement in professional nursing?
What leadership characteristics do you consider to be essential for a professional nurse today?
Im looking for personal opinion answers mostly but anything will help.
Thank you very much.
1) I have to say advocation, political involvement, support of the profession, and remembering even in these corporate times, that is a person in a bed and not just a disease.
2) If you are still in school, I do not feel it is right to ask that question yet. I can say personally never losing sight of myself, and surviving nursing school and NCLEX. Then again I am also still new.
3) Leadership needs to stop and realize they are nurses too. I recently interviewed with a facility where a nurse who manages payrolls, budgets, hiring/firing, STILL wears scrubs
to work and helps her staff. That gives them the true knowledge of what the real problems are on the floor.
Respect. I get so angry when a nurse dismissing another area of nursing. Even if you do not understand it or why it is around, it is never anyones place to dismiss another nurse's job.
Care/Compassion. Think before you say it. Obese patients and the multiple-suicide attempts clients are ill. They are YOUR patient, they are coming to you for help voluntarily/involuntarily. If you cannot approach that person with care and compassion, then discuss with your charge about switching off. Sitting down with yourself and addressing why this is a problem or a certain kind of patient you are unable to take care of is a good idea as well.
Safety. A nurse who practices the 5 rights impresses me far more than a nurse in a hurry to get through her day. Prioritization is importation as well, but being able to present that to the patients with grace and not making one feeling ignored.
Advocating our young nurses. As a younger nurses I have been chomped at several times, but luckily I have been nurtured by some incredible nurses who have encouraged me to grow. Those nurses furthered me along while other nurses I will use as examples of what not to do.
Finally looking pass the corporate and returning to traditional values. It is hard to do, but I did not become a nurse to save a corporation money and go under budget by rushing patients out the door. I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference and touch the lives of people. I am idealistic, but that is ok.
My idea of professionalism in a nurse is someone who can remember why he/she became a nurse in the first place. It is about how we carry ourselves as nurses and present ourselves. Well, that was just my idea, but anyway good luck!