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Nursing is a Profession

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Nursing is a Profession

Nursing is a profession that blends the rich traditions of the past with the ever changing realities of today's health care industry. Nursing is not simply an assortment of special skills and the nurse is not simply a person proficient in performing these specific tasks. Nursing is a profession. I believe this statement to be true because of several factors. The Title 19 Code for Nurses is titled "Standards for Professional Nursing Practice". The status of nursing as a profession reflects the values that society places on the work of nurses and how central nursing is to the good of society. "By being a professional we imply that the person is conscientious in actions, knowledgeable in the subject and responsible to self and others." (Potter & Perry, 1993, p. 27)

Flexner's characteristics of a true profession are:
- Is basically intellectual (as opposed to physical)
- Is based on a body of knowledge that can be learned
- Is practical, rather than theoretical
- Can be taught through the process of professional education
- Has a strong internal orga...

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