The Coat Of Arms : Critical Thinking, Cultural Competency, Upstream Thinking And Equity

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Nursing is a profession that has gone through many changes over the centuries. Though it originated as the subservient partner to the medical profession, nurses have slowly gained autonomy and have come into their own as a respected profession. The fluidity of this ever-changing profession is integral to its make-up, but equally integral is its stability. This coat of arms attempts to illustrate these contrasting images of nursing, by using thoughtful analogies. Some of these analogies are related to nature and the environment, which is quite fitting due to how deeply the environment is intertwined with the practice of nursing. These next four pages will delve further into the meaning behind the four tenets of nursing featured on the coat of arms: Critical thinking, cultural competency, upstream thinking, and equity. They will also describe how my own views on the profession have changed since the fall.
It is important to address the general design of the coat of arms before focusing on each individual symbol. A tree was carefully selected to house the four different tenets, as it is representative of the contrasting images of the nursing profession. The tree is at once stable and fluid: though it experiences drastic and subtle changes seasonally, at its core it remains firm. Its cyclical death and rebirth is contrasted by roots that grow deeper still, connecting it to water and soil. The trunk only grows in stability, and provides support for further growth of branches and…

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