Quote from meme75
I am just looking to get everyones opinion on what it means to them to be a professional nurse....I keep hearing one answer over and over from nurses I have met just looking for soe honestly, lol
Thanks in advance
this type of question will always elicit a varied response, for it depends on what type of professionalism you are referring to.
are you talking about academic professionalism, i.e., the degree one holds?
if so, it 'seems' the bsn is the new version of the professional nurse.
it is the perceived ideal.
if you're alluding to behavioral professionalism, i.e., how one carries oneself- then again, it is all about individual perception.
being a team player, not getting dragged into cat fights, not responding to gossip, conducting oneself with grace, not having to prove oneself or getting the last word in, treating others with the same respect you'd expect for yourself...all of these are important in conducting yourself 'professionally'.
and it has nothing to do w/one's credentials.
and so, there is not a correct answer to your question.
but i would take someone who conducts themself professionally, over a degree-held professional, anyday.