RUNNING HEAD: Nursing Profession
A profession is defined as an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences). There are many characteristics that make up a profession, for example professionals are considered experts having a higher degree of knowledge and autonomous. Professionals are governed by a code of ethics such as value, quality of service, honor and integrity. A hallmark that is also acknowledged is accountability. There is typically a system in place to test out the competence of professionals.
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Nursing educators and the nursing profession as a whole must attend to the perceptions held about professionalism and take action to promote positive perceptions within the profession, among students, and among the public (Sand-Jecklin & Schaffer, 2006). This in return will decrease nursing shortages and increase entry into the nursing practice.
I believe nursing is a profession; nurses have all the attributes and characteristics of a professional. All nurses are legally accountable to practice within the nurse practice acts and code of ethics. The Code of Ethics outlines a set of principles of non-maleficence, beneficence, fidelity, veracity, social justice and respect for the autonomy of the patient which underscores the standard of practice and professional behavior expected for nurses to maintain. A nurse must have continued learning and growth as an individual and a professional to meet the healthcare needs of the public. Nurses value autonomy when making decisions involving their patient and self directed approach to their learning (Degazon & Shaw, 2008).
Nursing differs from other profession in several ways and a nurse must be capable of multi-tasking while still having compassion and dedication to their clients. They provide care at all times which is something that a doctor may not be able to achieve. Nurses have multiple roles; they function as professional, caregivers, researcher, educators and patient advocate. I believe there is a difference between a “job” and the nursing profession is that nursing entails not only...