Ethics and Professionalism in Nursing

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Ethics and Professionalism in Nursing The combination of professionalism and ethics can be equated with an extraordinary nurse because they are core components in the nursing profession and crucial to patient trust, confidence and wellbeing. Having a degree in nursing is not what makes one a professional. Professionalism is defined as:
The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well. It is further described as: the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. Other attributes of a professional nurse would include genuine compassion and caring for patients. This helps to instill feelings of hope in times of turmoil, while
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According to Cuila, (2004),
In the ultimate analysis, organizational and leadership ethics is everybody’s responsibility, not just that of an elite few. This is because leadership is not a person or a position but rather a complex moral relationship between people, based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good as cited in Johnstone, 2013).
Specific code of ethics, professional standards and the fundamental practices in nursing are attributed to the school that was founded by Florence Nightingale including:
• Self-Discipline, Time Management, Trustworthiness;
• Continuous care with dignity and empathy;
• Cleanliness, appropriate treatment of patients and accountability In conclusion, I believe it is the duty of every nurse to protect and preserve the integrity of the nursing profession. Not only by educational requirements, but by having an unimpaired moral compass to guide oneself through difficult challenges that one will face in nursing. Doctors, and patients expect nurses to perform at the highest level of integrity and professionalism. In essence a nurse extraordinaire is the embodiment of professionalism and ethics.

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