Topic: You are quickly moving from a “student nurse” role to a “new graduate nurse” role. What have you learned throughout your nursing program about professionalism- what characteristics create professionalism How do you practice professionalism in a healthcare workplace What are some things to avoid in order to maintain professionalism Use the course readings and the nursing literature to support your views.
Discussion: Professionalism in nursing is an ongoing, dynamic component of the occupation. It means to show commitment to the profession and to strive for the best outcomes. Throughout my journey through nursing school I have seen that professionalism is something that does not just come naturally, and that nurses must continually strive to not only reach a level of professionalism but also to maintain it. One study identified the basic characteristics of nursing professionalism as “educational preparation, publication, research, participation in a professional organization, community service, competence and continuing education, code for nurses, theory and autonomy