Nursing Coat of Arms

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Nursing is a profession whose focus is not only to care for the physical aspects of an illness but also to integrate the psychological, spiritual, and social aspects of the client’s life into their care. The values of the nursing profession are based upon the teachings of Florence Nightingale; a pioneer of the nursing profession. Nursing is not only based on scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice, but also on a foundation of moral values that help provide the client with the most humane care possible. A Coat of Arms is the integration of a variety of symbols that illustrate the values of a family, person, or in this case; a profession. A Coat of Arms is not only used to symbolize values, but is perceived as a sign of honour and power. A Coat of Arms that effectively represents the Nursing profession must include symbols that illustrate the values of leadership, advocacy, critical thinking, knowledge, professionalism; and empathy that are part of everyday nursing. My group and I came together to create a Coat of Arms that clearly represents our vision and beliefs about the nursing profession, while also integrating the values mentioned beforehand. Our Coat of Arms consists of a shield with puzzle pieces, a question mark, and the outline of a brain as its background. At the top of the shield lies the figure of a lion alongside a balanced scale. At the bottom of the shield two hands come together to form a heart, and finally a man and a woman are pictured on both sides of the shield. This Coat of Arms is a clear depiction of what we, as a group, perceive the nursing profession to be.

Critical thinking and knowledge are the foundation of nursing practice, and the most essential elements in providing quality nursing care. Nu...

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... Through the demonstration of these values on a daily basis, the nurse is able to not only take better care of his or her patients, but is also able to take care of his or herself. Through self-care, the nurse is able to better understand the phenomena of the client, and is able to provide better client-centered care.

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