Professional Identity of the Nurse: Scope of Nursing Practice
Purpose of Assignment:
According to Larson, Brady, Engelmann, Perkins, and Shultz (2013), “the development of professional identity is a continuous process that begins with admission to the nursing program and evolves throughout one’s professional career in a dynamic and fluid process where interacting relationship of education and practice lead to self-reflection, growth, and human flourishing” (p. 138).
Larson, J., Brady, N., Engelmann, L., Perkins, B., & Shultz, C. (2013). The formation of professional identity in nursing. Nursing Education Perspectives.34 (2). p 138.
Describe the foundations of nursing practice.
Explain the roles and scope of practice for members of the interprofessional team.
Describe principles of effective communication in the healthcare setting.
This course includes a project with three parts. Each part builds off prior knowledge to help you create your nurse professional identity. In the first part, you examine the role of the nurse and scope of practice, which will help you identify the nurse’s role. In the second part, you describe the importance of the code of ethics in nursing and examine the standards of nursing practice for the role you are obtaining during the nursing program. The final submission requires you to use the first two parts of your assignment to explain your belief of caring in nursing, describe your professional identity, and identify a potential professional organization that you may join to help support your development.
Compassion and caring every individual has his/her own unique perception of caring. There are so many ways to show caring that the possibilities are endless. Nurses are often associated with caring because they support, comfort, and help the patient recover to the best of their ability. Their experiences dealing with different patients that have unique situations on a daily basis help them become better healthcare professionals. Personally, i have had several experiences with some great nurses that have shaped my definition of what caring should portray. My maternal grandmother has had many health issues in the past years and has been in and out hospitals due to pneumococcal infections, arthritis, and some medical problems. It is extremely difficult that made me realized she needs a nursing care from me, and wanting to give her the best care. I know that it will not be easy, but I am confident in preparing myself gaining the knowledge necessary to give hope even to those who refuse to get well. I want to make difference in someone’s life, and comfort those in times of loss. I intend to be a nurse who will never give up on her patients no matter how terminal their illness, I will always be there encouraging them to enjoy every second they have. I will treat my patient with respect, dignity, kindness, and compassion, caring, underplanning, and do the best to give them a positive outlook. Happiness, joy, and enthusiasm are very contagious, and simple smile, touch,or even one word can turn around a patient’s day. I will do my best to understand their history, illness, and treatment to keep them updated on their health status. I will always put my patient first and encourage them to communicate fears, stories, needs, hopes, and comforts to have a better understanding of the most efficient way to help them recover. As i gain more knowledge on how to efficiently care for patients, I will progress daily on becoming a better nurse. Caring is an ongoing process that never ends, so nursing is a challenge will conquer everyday with a spark.
Organizations and Associations encourage the process of an ongoing learning that never ends. Therefore, i will involve my self in an organization with core values that promotes innovative problem solving to move an autonomous, independent organization forward by providing a clear vision, maximizing the efforts of others, by respecting each individual and in collaboration with other appropriate resources. The National Student Nurses Association, Inc. (NSNA) promotes each member to build their democratic leadership skills with conflict resolution through shared governance and community, with respect for others.
Having a strong professional identity enables us to consider our values and how they relate to the behaviors that are expected of us by our profession. Our professional identities play out in tangible ways such as our language, clothes, and everyday behavior. Our identity is the external representation of our inner feelings, beliefs, experiences and values. We all have a number of identities-personal, professional, social which reflect our day-to-day experiences and the environments which we operate.
The concept of caring is a content specific interpersonal process which is characterized by the professional knowledge, skill, personal maturity, and interpersonal sensitivity of nurses, which result in the protection, emotional support, and then meeting of bio-psychosocial needs of patients.
Professional Organizations and Associations such as professional nursing bodies can empower, guide, and support RNs and community members. There is a need for different agencies to support the needs of nurses and encourage them to join at least one professional association. This decision will empower more nurses and result in improved care delivery process. Consequently, the health care sector will be prepared to meet the needs of every population.