Are nurses professionals ? - page 2
O.K. our nursing license in Ohio says, "The profession of Nursing". :mortarboard: However, I am looking for a new job and several places list nursing in their own catagory, not under professional. ... Read More
Oct 17, '07Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 17; Likes: 3Don't know how I'm going to deal with this. In all my work I have been professional. I didn't go to school to be treated like a CNA. (No jab on CNA's, I was one and we couldn't do without them. I'm talking about Hospital management and administration.
Oct 17, '07Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 7,767; Likes: 1,230Not a nurse, but I think professionalism is relative.
If you are respectful to others (no matter your job), helpful, do a great job, want to learn more in your current job, etc then you are a professional.
So, as an aide I consider myself a professional.
Oct 17, '07Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 24,611; Likes: 35,453some consider it a profession.
some consider it blue-collar.
i don't have a problem with either perception.
i am defined by my actions and behaviors- not what others think of me.
Oct 17, '07Occupation: gratefully retired Specialty: Palliative Care, NICU/NNP ; Joined: Jan '06; Posts: 470; Likes: 63Definitely nursing is a profession, but not all act professionally.
Oct 17, '07Occupation: ER Nurse Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg/Tele, ER ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 460; Likes: 347I hereby recommend, probably for the 50th time on these boards, "Nursing Against the Odds" to the OP.
That aside, nursing is absolutely a profession.
Oct 17, '07Occupation: nurse consultant and writer: author of 'Dare to Be Free: How to Get Control of Your Time, Your Life, and Your Nursing Career' Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 499; Likes: 270From the Australian Council of Professions:
"A disciplined group of individuals who adhere to high ethical standards and uphold themselves to, and are accepted by, the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognized, organized body of learning derived from education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to exercise this knowledge and these skills in the interest of others. Inherent in this definition is the concept that the responsibility for the welfare, health and safety of the community shall take precedence over other considerations."
Certainly a good start for a definition; do we live up to that?
I've usually found that when nurses speak of behavior or a nurse as "unprofessional," they mean "unladylike." As in, "She lost her temper -- that's unprofessional." The things usually designated as unprofessional by nurses may be bad form or crass, but they're not usually "unprofessional."
Oct 17, '07Occupation: Licensed Practical Nurse Specialty: Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 9,297; Likes: 8,221Funny question, because LPNs are told that we are not considered to be under the umbrella of 'professional nurses' because we do not possess a degree; we are told it is a vocation for us.
Outside of that little blurb, I see that Registered Nursing is aiming towards being considered as a profession. They are advocating strongly for nurses to enter into the field with a BSN.