Professional Socialization : Professional Motivation

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Professional Socialization is defined as a process where individuals form the characteristics, attitudes and values of a particular profession (Lai PK, Pek HL). In the nursing field, professional socialization is a necessary step involving the LPN/LVN into their new RN role by assisting them with the internalization and development of their new professional identity. (Ellis & Hartley. 2011) However, transitioning into this new role can be a complex and challenging multi-faced process (Boychuk Duchscher, J. 2008). For these reasons, subdivided into five different sections, this paper aims on increasing its readers understanding of professional socialization. The four different stages of transition to the registered nurse role, together with differences between the practical nurse and a registered nurse scope of practice. PART I: Professional Socialization Professional Socialization can be defined as a process where individuals form the characteristics, attitudes and values of a particular profession (Lai PK, Pek HL). In the nursing field, professional socialization sets to reduce the tension from the scenario of reality shock and facilitates new nurses to better adapt during the transition process to their new role. A lifelong process which begins with the faculty and curriculum of the nursing program, extending itself into the work setting. It’s the result of exposure to multiple socialization agents such as clients, faculty staff, classmates,
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