The American Nurses Association

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Individual Analysis Paper As a nurse, we serve a society which is very culturally diverse. We provide care to many individuals whom have their own unique set of ethics, values, morals, and beliefs by which may be very different from our own. Because of our professional role, we must use lifelong learning as a tool to broaden our views, increase our knowledge, and understand the influences which affect it. To make this possible, we have to continually educate ourselves about the nursing laws, professional standards, and code of ethics all of which we are committed to. American Nurses Association The American Nurses Association (ANA) developed a foundation for which all nurses are expected to perform their basic duties in order to meet the needs of the society we serve. The ANA “has long been instrumental in the development of three foundational documents for professional nursing; its code of ethics, its scope and standards of practice, ands statement of social policy.” (ANA, 2010, p. 87) The ANA defined nursing as “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” and used to create the scope and standards of nursing practice. (ANA, 2010, p. 1) These “outline the steps that nurses must take to meet client healthcare needs.” () The nursing process, for example, is one of the things I use daily. Other examples include communicating and collaborating with my patient, their families, and my peers, and being a lifelong learner. I continually research new diagnoses, medications, and treatments for my patients. As a nurse of ... ... middle of paper ... ...ated.” (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014, p. 24) References American Nurses Association (2010). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, Md: American Nurses Association. Burkhardt, M. A., & Nathaniel, A. K. (2014). Ethics & issues in contemporary nursing (4th ed.). Stephan Helbra. Cowell, J. M. (2010). Standards of practice: Questions for School Nursing. The Journal of School Nursing, 26(6). Retrieved from Di Leonardi, B. C. (2005). Lifelong Learning. Advance Healthcare for Nurses, 1-3. Retrieved from Fowler, M. D., & American Nurses Association (2008). Guide to the code of ethics for nurses: Interpretation and application. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.

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  • Explains that nurses serve a culturally diverse society. they must use lifelong learning to broaden their views, increase their knowledge, and understand the influences which affect them.
  • States that the american nurses association (ana) developed a foundation for which all nurses are expected to perform their basic duties in order to meet the needs of the society they serve.
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