Nurses a with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) are known for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. These nurses are well-prepared to meet the demands placed on today’s nurse.
The role of professional nursing organizations is to advocate for the nursing profession and for the nurses working in the profession. These organizations work to create proactive work to help maintain a healthy nursing profession that not only thinks about the needs of the client but also of the nurses caring for the client. Being an advocate if one of the main roles as a nurse and these organizations do that for the nurses. Professional nursing organizations pertain to my professional nursing practice because I’m a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). By being a member of this organization I can access educational resources and other professional tools that I need to assist me in my career as a registered nurse. Regulatory agencies are also an important part of the nursing profession.
Nursing schools are governed by several regulatory agencies to make sure that patients are being cared for safely and that the schools have accreditation. Without these agencies in place, a school could let a student graduate without having the proper knowledge and skills that they need to work as a nurse. These regulatory agencies regulate education, licensure, and makes sure that nurses and nursing students are adhering to the laws of their state and are working within their scope of practice. These agencies pertain to my nursing practice because I earned my nursing license through a community nursing school, took the NCLEX exam, and also got a nursing license in another state by endorsement for my job. All of these actions that I have taken to become a nurse and practice as a nurse have and still are being regulated by these agencies.
The nursing code of ethics sets an ethical standard for the nursing profession and gives nurses an ethical guide to use in decision making. The nursing profession is known by society for promoting health, preventing disease and illnesses, and ending peoples suffering. I truly value and whole heartily use the code of ethics in my nursing career. One example of how provisions from the nursing code of ethics influence my practice is my primary commitment being to my patient. My patient is my most important thing on my mind at work. Every action I take, I do to provide the best possible outcome for my patient. In some cases this means I may do something that is a little out of my comfort zone culturally or by taking certain interests of my patient into consideration to help me care for them and get them actively involved in their own care.
Another example is how I advocate for my patient and how I protect my patient’s rights. One of my main goals when caring for my patient is to make sure that they understand their condition and their plan of care the physician has implemented. There are many times that the patient doesn’t understand the plan of care and is unsure about the treatment they are receiving. It is my job as their nurse to advocate for my patient and speak with the physician so they can sit down with the patient and explain in more detail. I have seen many times that by clarifying the treatment plan and answering their questions that the patient’s anxiety is greatly decreased and they respond to treatment better.
As a BSN I will be able to bring several ethical professional traits to the interdisciplinary team. Four professional traits that I believe I will bring to the interdisciplinary team are accountability, moral integrity, respectful, and being culturally sensitive. I will bring accountability to the team by taking full responsibility for myself, my decisions, and my actions. Also by taking responsibility for my mistakes and learn from corrective feedback. The next trait I will bring moral integrity by keeping my promises, being honest with myself and others, and by helping other whenever I’m able to. I will bring the trait of respectful by being polite and courteous to not only my patients but also to my coworkers. And last I will be culturally sensitive by being sensitive to the unique needs of the patients that I care for. By being cultural sensitive I will not only respect the patients culture by I will also make changes in my care by taking into account the patients culture to help them obtain optimal health. A nursing theory that has influenced my professional nursing practice is Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. In this theory she addresses how nurses care for their patients.
Caring is the essence of the nursing profession and is a relationship formed between the nurse and the patient. In Watson’s theory she believed that caring could assist the patient to gain control in their own health care, become educated, and in the end find health. Watson focused on the patient’s mind, body, and soul and this is the aspect of her theory that I try to use in my professional practice. As a new nurse straight out of nursing school I focused more on protocols and procedures to make sure I was doing everything right. My patients had good outcomes but I was amazed when I started thinking about the patient as a whole and not just thinking about the illness they had and how to treat it. Many times just treating the patient’s illness of the body didn’t given them optimal health, but when combined with treatment of the mind and soul the outcomes were usually very positive. I was able to develop a helping and trusting relationship with my patients which opened up more opportunities for education and family involvement. I will continue to use this theory in my professional practice.
Florence Nightingale’s contributions to nursing has impacted my professional nursing practice in home health care. Nightingale focused on the cleanliness of the patient’s environment for optimal healthy patient outcomes. By using her contributions about cleanliness and asepsis I focus a lot of my care for my patient not only on their illness or the procedure that I’m there to do but also on their environment that they live in. This opens a door for education for my patients. I’ve seen that by educating the patient on changing their environment to help promote their health I have had better patient outcomes. I have seen a definite change in patients with chronic respiratory conditions who change their living environment have fewer exacerbations and fewer hospitalizations. Getting a patient to change their environment isn’t always easy or even possible because some people just don’t want to change because it is their comfort and it’s my duty as a nurse to respect that patient’s right.
An example of where I safeguarded an ethical principle was with the principle of respect for autonomy. This occurred when I was caring for a laboring patient who didn’t want to receive an epidural for pain control. My patient had a specific birthing plan that she wanted to follow and one of the most important points was not to receive an epidural. The physician wanted me to talk her into receiving an epidural. I explained to the physician what I patient’s birth pan was and that I was respecting her right to choose not to receive one. The physician didn’t support her decision and tried several times to get the patient or request an epidural. I made it my main goal in her care to encourage her and support her with her decision to make her birthing experience the experience she had hoped for. I provided alternative pain relieving measures for her and as a result my patient delivered without an epidural and was able to have the birthing experience she wanted. Another example of safeguarding ethical principles was when I acted with the principle of justice. I take this principle very seriously because every patient deserves fair treatment. I treat every patient like I would want my friend or family member to be treated.
In this scenario I was caring for a patient from the county jail. Heads were turning and whispering started at the nurse’s station as soon as the patient arrived to our unit. After assessing my patient I came out to the nurses station to many nurses asking my about the patients situation but instead of asking what her medical concern was they asked about her felony, past, and social situations. I explained to my fellow co-workers that I didn’t ask her about why she was in jail because I didn’t pertain to how I would care for her. I provided fair and quality treatment to the patient because the patient, despite her circumstances was still a person who was scared about her condition and needed care and compassion from her nurse.
Nurses with a Bachelor Degree (BSN) are known for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. These nurses are well-prepared to meet the demands placed on today’s nurse. I believe as a BSN I will bring these skills and quality professional traits to the employer I work for and provide quality care to the patients I care for.
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