Nursing has not always been viewed as the skilled and polished profession that it is today. In nursing’s primitive beginning there were no set rules, regulations, or protocols follow nor were there any professional training offered to those in charge of caring for the ill and injured. Nursing was not even considered to be a true profession. Instead most nurses were mother’s caring for ill family members or women who volunteered to care for injured solders during times of war. During this time “neither life nor women were valued by society.” C. Taylor, C. Lillis, P. LeMone and P. Lynn (2011). Nursing has come a long way since those dark days but the profession unfortunately still has its obstacles to overcome. Sadly for the nursing
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I define professionalism and ethics as having a good moral compass and always striving to do what is right and just in the eyes of God as well as in the eyes of our fellow man much like the golden rule. Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. I would also define professionalism as taking full responsibility for each assignment or task given to you. To perform your job to the best of your ability until that assignment or task has been completed in its entirety on time performed in a professional manner.
Time after time in the media you will see stories about the rising concern that as baby boomers retire from the health field a large health care shortage has occurred growing worse with each passing year. To help fill the gap many schools around the country are trying to meet the demands of this shortage by pumping out large numbers of nurses that are lacking in many ways. Many of these new nurses enter the health care field with underdeveloped work ethics. Representing an “I really don’t care I’m just here to collect a paycheck” mentality. Many of these new nurses do not take their jobs nor do they take the care of their clients in there care seriously. In this way they are not behaving in a way traditionally expected of them in fact