Nursing and Professionalism Articles

Nurses must possess an understanding of the ethics of the nursing profession and the responsibilities imposed on the nurse's professional practice. Nurses may, over time and because of a variety of reasons, lose sight of the professional conduct expected. Nursing Professionalism will include discussions about the individual NPA, Code of Ethics, as well as solidify the competent image that portrays the nurse as we should be: Educated, Professional, Articulate, Critical Thinkers.

Please don't judge me and my daughter
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Please don't judge me and my daughter

The night my daughter told me she wanted to kill herself was not an easy night. I drove her to the Emergency room that I used to work in, thinking they would care...

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I survived the Board of Nursing
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I survived the Board of Nursing

Where do I begin? I have been following this site for years and it has been a source of both comfort and anxiety. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I was...

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10,000 RNs Face Nursing Board Each Year!
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10,000 RNs Face Nursing Board Each Year!

Did you know that there are close to 6000 accusations filed by the BRN against RNs each year, in California alone? Most of those are the result of a BRN...

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Mistakes Are Inevitable: No One Is Perfect.
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Mistakes Are Inevitable: No One Is Perfect.

A former colleague of mine, a lovely woman I'll call Lauren, made an enormous and fatal medication error on her first night shift off of orientation. She gave 5 mg....

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"I Know How to Wash My Hands": An Era Gone By
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"I Know How to Wash My Hands": An Era Gone By

"It would be my pleasure to be David's nursemaid. I have a year experience working for Mr. and Mrs. Jones before they moved to North Dakota. I do not have...

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Ebola - Another Side of the Story. The Scary Side!
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Ebola - Another Side of the Story. The Scary Side!

I remember when news about HIV first became public. People were scared and rightly so, because very little was known about this disease. Even though I was much...

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Sweating The Small Stuff
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Sweating The Small Stuff

As my remaining months in the hospital comes to a close (for my 2-year work experience goal), a few disturbing happenings occurred during my hospital duties. The...

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Caution!  Don't Cross that Line - Maintaining Professional Boundaries
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Caution! Don't Cross that Line - Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Unlike personal boundaries which you set for yourself, many professional boundaries are already established and are less flexible.The American Nurses Association's...

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Nursing: A Broader Perspective
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Nursing: A Broader Perspective

After having come across several reasons as to why there is low morale in nursing, I felt that I should pen this down. Have a pleasant read! Your expectations? ...

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Professionalism goes out the window when it comes to our colleagues
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Professionalism goes out the window when it comes to our colleagues

Is it me or have you noticed that too many nurses are just downright nasty to their colleagues? Not just the Charge RN, but, virtually any other nurse. Let me give...

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Hard and Soft Skills
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Hard and Soft Skills

Last year, or perhaps the year before that, I attended an all-staff meeting that was being facilitated by the hospital administrator, chief nursing officer, and a...

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Is My Nursing License At Risk?
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Is My Nursing License At Risk?

I often listen as certain coworkers, usually the nurses with zero to two years of experience, chime about the dangers to their hard-earned nursing licenses. "I'm...

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When Nurses Use the "R" Word
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When Nurses Use the "R" Word

I remember my first day on the job. I was sitting in education classes at a well respected children's hospital in the city. I felt lucky. Not only did I get to work...

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Don't Hide Your Pregnancy With a Corset; An Era Gone By
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Don't Hide Your Pregnancy With a Corset; An Era Gone By

"Open wide Mrs. Smith, I need to check your teeth. I don't see any pus but two of your teeth need to be pulled. We can arrange that later. Today we will be doing...

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The Case For Job Hopping
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The Case For Job Hopping

Actual excuse for leaving her fourth job in 12 months -- and remarkably similar to her reasons for leaving the other three jobs. While I won't deny that bullies...

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Expecting the Unexpected
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Expecting the Unexpected

It's the wee hours of the night and the pages of a pharmacology textbook I flipped lethargically (in anticipation of the fusillade of nursing exams) seem to...

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Remembering the Nurse-Patient Relationship
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Remembering the Nurse-Patient Relationship

The nurse-patient relationship carries great significance because it is the ultimate foundation upon which all nursing care is provided, regardless of the patient...

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Where Do I Go From Here?
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Where Do I Go From Here?

Isn't it always the way that once you've gotten one HUGE problem under a semblance of control, another rears its ugly head? My husband and I just received a new...

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