Definition of Nursing

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Nurses have been described as “lacking professional commitment and motivation, low in risk taking and change-making, having a ‘blue-collar mentality,’ being cautious and conservative, and suffering from lack of cohesiveness and collegiality” (Cohen, 1981; Eisenstein, 1982; Hughs, 1982; Hull, 1982; Kalisch & Kalisch, 1977; Kerr, 1982; Lowery-Palmer, 1982; Muff, 1982; Weiss & Remen, 1983 as cited in Chandler, 1986, p.1). With this definition of what a nurse has been professed as, there is a fundamental responsibility to redefine and understand the purpose and characterization of today’s nurse. Without a true clarity, respect and cohesiveness of peers and community cannot be stipulated. Gastmans (1998) states, “For nurses (both as…show more content…
Commitment is one of the single most important values in becoming successful. Personal expectations are set high. It is crucial that expectations be elevated even higher when anticipated accomplishment draws near. Excuses cannot be accepted. Professional values Personal core values merge into professional values. They drive perceptions and views of people and how they should be treated. This will impact how nurses treat patients day to day. Honesty and integrity are essential in the nursing profession. Honesty expresses both self-respect and respect for others. Integrity requires the right choice to be made for the greater good of others, setting aside any personal gain or agenda. A poor attitude directly affects others, including patients, and so in every circumstance it is necessary to carry an attitude of compassion. Professional nurses recognize that every day their job might be emotionally, physically and mentally taxing. They accept that as an affiliate of the nursing profession they are expected to think clear, act fast and work hard. Recognizing that they are a part of this profession by choice, and fully understanding the standards of the job, they will always try to uphold the prestige, honor and morale of the nursing profession. Nurses recognize the value of commitment. They are committed to superior performance in patient care, practicing with integrity, creating and fostering a medical home for each
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