Essay On Professional Nursing

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Nursing is just not a career, being a nurse is a privilege and a pleasure. My nursing career choice has the opportunity to touch the lives of patients, care givers and families every day. Although, this career is very enjoyable it must have regulations, laws and codes that nurses are required to follow. Nurses can be a good nurse or a great nurses just by possessing certain professional and personal traits and characteristics by which they practice. The nursing field also has many great historical figures and theories that shape the profession as we know it today. Part A: Functional Differences between a Regulatory Agency and Professional Nursing Organization The Board of Nursing (BON) is an example of a governmental regulatory agency.…show more content…
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a perfect example of a highly recognized PNO in the nursing field. A PNO can be statewide, national or international based. A PNO serves many purposes for a nurse. This type of organization allows nurses to stay informed. They provide avenues for nurses to stay up to date with important issues in the field of nursing, and gives the nurse ways to become a political voice pertaining to issues that directly affect one’s professional life. PNO’s often provide opportunities for members to obtain continuing education credits that might be required for employment. These organizations also further education to nurses by compiling newsletters and/or journals with up to date research in nursing field, which allows nurses to obtain current nursing knowledge and allow them to stay on the cutting edge of their profession. Membership in a PNO demonstrates commitment to the nursing profession and looks great on a professional resume. Nurses are not required to join PNO’s, membership is voluntary, but joining these organization is highly…show more content…
The four professional traits I bring to an interdisciplinary team in a health care setting include respect, compassion, commitment, and accountability. These four qualities help define a nurse not just as a good nurse but a great nurse. Respect is very important trait for a nursing professional to exhibit. Respect is a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, or important. Respect should be shown for patients, families, and coworkers. I treat others as I expect to be treated, every person a nurse comes in contact with deserves to be shown respect. Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion is the act of going out of your way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another. Compassion goes hand in hand with respect. Every person a nurse contacts should be and deserves to have compassion. Commitment is another outstanding professional trait that every nurse should bring into the profession. The Code of Ethics Provision 2:1 states that the nurses primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. I commit myself every day to provide exceptional care for patients and their family on every encounter with the care I provide. The last trait that is essential to the nursing profession that I bring to my career is accountability.
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