What is a professional nurse?

  1. What defines a professional nurse?
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  3. by   BarbPick
    The term Professional Nurse is a Registered licensed by the state.

    A Vocational Nurse is an LPN.
  4. by   LeesieBug
    According to my elitist-snob "professional role developement "course... you are not a professional unless you have a Bachelor's degree.. Yeah, my husband, the computer geek, was devastated when I came home and informed him that even though he looks professional, acts professional, and works in a "profession", he is by no means a professional!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Professional is someone who knows how to do their job and does it to the best of their ability.





    REGARDLESS of their EDUCATION LEVEL.
  6. by   gwenith
    There are lots of lists of what defines a professional and this thread investigated this very idea a while back.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=35883
  7. by   Sekar
    Why stop at a Bachelor's degree? Also let us not stop at a lowly Master's Degree. Let's make it a PhD, no two of them, better yet 3 PhDs before one can be called a professional. That sounds good and arbitrary. And please, let us use education alone to determine if someone is a professional. Certainly we should not use competence, attitude, or ability; that would be heresey! Who the hell cares what label someone else slaps on you? Nursing is a profession that makes all of us professionals.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ainz, i await YOUR answer to this question as it's been tackled by many of us here before.

    also, I await your tutelage on the language of administration...and how we ---YES I WILL SAY IT---professional nurses communicate so we are not seen as whiny, bitter, powerless, greedy little people. That IS what was inferred before....

    I believe, even though I (as yet) lack a baccalaureate degree, I am a consummate professional. But this IS JMO, as always.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 9, '03
  9. by   indie
    Alisdair Cooke (very elderly, respected USA-UK journalist) defines being a professional as:

    'a professional does his best work - even when he doesn't feel like it'

    I've always kept that in mind.

    Another 'item' close to my heart on this subject is that a profession nurtures and teaches its own.

    I know we've done this before, but I like to know what newer members are now thinking.
    Last edit by indie on Oct 10, '03
  10. by   cannoli
    ainz, how do you define a professional nurse?
  11. by   katscan
    >yawn< not again...
  12. by   Todd SPN
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    Professional is someone who knows how to do their job and does it to the best of their ability. REGARDLESS of their EDUCATION LEVEL.
    I would add, within the boundaries of their training and/or education.
  13. by   shodobe
    Oh,Oh. I think this has been hammered out again and it seems it is always by the same person. BORING!
  14. by   ainz
    Wow. Flamed again, and labeled a bore.

    Oh well, I believe what I believe, do what I do, just like you guys. Guess if we were all the same the world truly would be boring. Have a great day !!

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