The Cornerstone Of Nursing Practice

1532 WordsNov 5, 20147 Pages
As far back as Florence Nightingale, professionalism and ethics have been the cornerstone of nursing practice. “Ethical values and practices are the foundation upon which moral actions in professional practice are based” ( LaSala & Bjarnason, 2010). Core professional nursing values (CPNV) are taught and instructed upon in nursing programs. This paper will explore and define the CPNV of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. Although these values are all individual characteristics, I will show that they are all intertwined in the path of care that an ethical practicing nurse walks every day with her patients, without even thinking about it. “Altruism refers to the concern for the welfare and well being of others” (Shaw & Degazon, 2008, p.45). It is the ability to be selfless. A nurse demonstrating the CPNV of altruism is able to show compassion and empathy for all; regardless of age, culture, sex, or economic background of patient. Examples of true altruism are holding the hand of the dying regardless of disease or helping the mother of a dying child say goodbye. It is kindness to family and patients, providing support to all. Altruism is what some describe as the “calling” of being a nurse. It is the giving of self to your patients, family, community and to the profession. As nurses help others they will be faced with many decisions that are very difficult. According to American Society of Registered Nurses (2007), “Professional
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