Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence is the acorns of pride. As a nurse you must take pride in your work and what you stand for Pride is something you have to be taught and retain from it. To me pride is something you hold value and worry of the cause. When you don’t show pride it can’t can leave impression on others that you are not showing you care or even want to. Pride to me is something that I used to protect myself from hurt not realizing that I can use pride in a more positive approach. Being a nursing student I have to show pride in my work and wherever I go, throughout this paper I will disuse the meaning of pride.
Healthcare is fundamental to human growth and quality of life. The importance of professionalism in the dynamic and the forever changing field of medicine. Professionalism is a subjective idea that may have a markedly different definition from individual to individual. Merriam-Webster (2016) defines professionalism as, “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person”.
Professionalism is, of course, the act of adhering to the specific profession. The semantic evolutions of words often make adapting absolute meaning challenging, and this idea of professionalism is no different. It is more than an accretion of socially acceptable occupational norms, and deeper than the vapid definition established by Merriam-Webster. Defining the term is not the goal, so much, as delineating abstraction. Understanding this concept in nursing, and more importantly employing it, is directly associated with successfulness in every facet of nursing. Professionalism, nursing in particular, is the tacit amalgamation of task-oriented competency, Integrity and the execution of emotional intelligence.
The detention of respect may vary; it usually comes from person experiences and your ethic background. Learning respect mainly comes from an early age and continues over time. Growing up, our parents usually teach us to respect people, religion and other opinions even if we didn’t agree. We were also taught how to respect authority by saying “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Ma’am.” or “Yes Sir” and “No Sir” While in school many of us also were taught how to respect our country, flag and the people that were fighting for us and that represents us.
During my child growing up to developing respect for my professors, coaches, and fellow teammates as a youth and young adulthood because I didn’t have any structure nor any diesoline I failed and my character was judge. Later in life I started to develop respect in order to get where I want to be people that I worked with at all levels, including supervisors and coworkers. I tried my best to hold them in high esteem because of their knowledge, character, and integrity. Going forward I learned that respect is often earned over a long period of time, starting with the foundation developed during my youth, then build upon with your personal body work of it. For example I became aware that my attitude was not very respectful as a nursing student; I leaned that we are looked at a higher level than most and we are expected to behave a certain manner and my attitude had to change big time before it cost me my dream.
Respect is very important because it’s an essential for your successful; not being respectful can also determine your success as well. Respect is something that you want to earn and something that you want to proud of. Whenever you going on a career path it’s never too late to focus on recognizing those who deserve the most respect and for me to broaden the efforts to earn the respect of associates. Honesty is one of the biggest forms of respect, when you are dishonest and it becomes natural for you to tell lies it will be hard for people to take you seriously and give you respect. Even if its little white lies to protect you pride and giving the impression that you are doing everything you can to be successful the truth will come out. My mother also told me that ” What’s done in the dark will always come to the light” with that being said I no longer let my pride interfere my success if I need help I will be honest.
The definition of Integrity is adherence to moral and ethical principle; soundness of moral character; Honesty. Integrity is important character trait of a respected leader, when some life is in your hands its important that you show integrity if not how could you represent as a nurse. To the patient you are one of the leaders of providing the best care for the patient. I leaned that integrity is holding oneself to the highest ethical stander because it’s the right thing to do, also it is self-imposed.
The word integrity embodies far more than competency alone. It is the ethical faction of the nursing profession that lends itself to moral legitimacy and responsibility. A nurse may be highly proficient in his or her craft, but without a moral compass it would be impossible to be professional. This is primarily due to the fact that nursing’s defining quality is morality. Ethical deterioration not only affects professional pillars, it is also diametrically opposed to some legal foundations and the greater social contract. Emotional part of intelligence is a multidimensional concept, which postulates that an individual’s ability to understand his or her emotions and those emotions of others assists in improving positive outcomes in nearly every aspect of life. The genesis of emotional intelligence in academia first appeared in the mid-20th century, and became popularized in pedagogy decades later. A transformational professional adapts to situations through motivational endeavors in times of instability or through personal relations (Ruggeri, 2013).
Diversity the basic constructs of the human experience are built upon the foundations of conglomerated human behavior. The way men and women interact with each other; the way they eat, sleep, cultivate the earth and utilize their time is, in some way, directly influenced by a social paradigm called culture. It affects the way humans satisfy their biological needs, the way they project meaning onto the world around them.
What makes culture intriguing is the complex and somewhat paradoxical nature of its existence. It is simple by definition but wholly complex in detail. There are macro cultures, micro cultures, countercultures, and subcultures that divide human behavior into exceedingly intricate categories. Each of these categories changes and evolves over a period of time; many cultural categories go extinct all together. Culture itself is not easily measured; social scientists must study the scope of culture through documented activities, arts, and generalized behaviors. The challenge in understanding this social phenomenon is not only in understanding the general principles that define a particular culture, also distancing oneself enough his or her own culture to appreciate the subjectivity of what they are investigating.
The products of this social replication can be seen in the way humans interact with each other in their environment; it can be seen in music, popular trends, and the way we dress. It is often very difficult to identify where cultural ideas originated, but social scientists and historians alike make careers out of tracking the influence of ideas and behaviors over periods of time. It may, for instance, be possible to track the spread of cultural belief systems, such as Christianity by studying documentation and creative expression, such as paintings and religious art in countries.
Other social constructs, like language, show the complexity of our systems of thought, and how adaptation to these social norms can be vast, consistent and ever evolving at the same time. Preforming excellence and understanding the concepts related to professionalism in nursing is not a simple pedagogic comprehension exercise. It is the application of these concepts that truly matters. Implementing these ideas of professionalism is imperative to the vitality of a nurse’s career and nursing as a whole. It embodies the foundational elements of nurse-craft in both theory and execution. Though there are subjective elements to the concept of professionalism in nursing, there are defining axioms that are found at every level and practice in the vocation.
The first is task-oriented competency, the skillful execution of a nurse’s occupational tasks and duties. Followed by integrity, the moral melding of personal morality, societal ethical paradigms and micro-cultural beneficence. And finally emotional intelligence, the ability to understand oneself and others to such a degree as to directly influences the attitudes, motivations and habits of those around him or her. It may be important to note that this list is not all-inclusive, and the direct application of them, in itself, can vary greatly. They do, however, embody the soul of the nursing practice, and their practice enrich the lives of individual, coworker, and patient alike.