Thenursing profession has been in existence since beginning of time. Ithas, however, evolved to become one of the most fundamentalprofessions in the healthcare industry. Nurses learn variety ofskills, which are useful in different settings of their occupation.Notably, there are distinct characteristics of nurses that arehelpful in assisting them to excel in their field. Nurses handlediverse group of patients hence, it is paramount that theirknowledge of cultural diversity is great. Also, they are required toacquire leadership skills from their professional context, the desireto learn, and incorporate evidence-based practices into their job.There are immense opportunities offered by a graduate degree.Likewise, there is a correlation between nurses` personal attributes,education level as well as their career’s success.
Thesis:Nursing is a career that broadens ones horizon, thus offering plentyof choices as well as an opportunity to procure an advanced degree.
Thestereotypical image of a nurse has always been an angel wearing anursing cap and one who depends on the guidance of a physician. Suchan image has, however, faded and substituted by young men and womenwith origins in distinct yet diverse backgrounds. Nevertheless, rolemodels like Florence Nightingale (she is credited with caring forsoldiers during the Crimean war as well as transforming the nursingstatus in the 19thcentury), continue to have an impact on choosing to nurse as a careerchoice (Er,Sehiralti & Akpinar, 2015).There are different personal qualities and attributes, which areuseful to individuals who have made the career choice and settled fornursing.
Nursesno longer uphold the prejudicial and historical perspective of beingthe physician`s handmaiden who awaits the direction of a doctor (Er,Sehiralti & Acinar, 2015).Notably, these essential qualities are such as problem-solving,research skills, and critical thinking, since they have an impact onthe nursing profession. Nursing entails more than nurturing itinvolves various competencies, for instance, assessment, risksurveying, independent actions, cares prioritizing and identificationof client goals that are fundamental to the nursing profession. Theskills and knowledge are also crucial to the occupation and need tobe communicated if a nurse intends to earn the respect of peers andother professionals.
Motivationis a personal quality that is crucial in directing and maintaining ofbehaviors in a nurse. Other than the conventional nurturingattribute, a nursing professional needs to be confident in selectingtheir objectives and have the capacity to achieve them. Similarly,goal commitment is paramount to guaranteeing a successful career. TheInstitute of Medicine in the US has mandated an increased level ofattention to be paid to factors that enhance patient safety andquality (Er,Sehiralti & Akpinar, 2015).Such competence level translates to informatics, patient-centeredcare, and improvement of quality, collaboration, and teamwork.
Caringis defined on foundational values required in a nursing profession.Nursing education is designed with attempts to guide professionalsfrom being identified as a caring person to professionally identifyas thoughtful. In a nurse, a caring demeanor is requisite forpossessing critical thinking. To professionally identify as caringcomprises of themes like spirituality, humility, discovery, struggleand hope (Er,Sehiralti & Akpinar, 2015).It is vital that the caring attribute is not ordered or required orassociated with being nurturing. A nurse should exhibit the form ofcaring referred to as assimilated caring, which is derived from theprofession being autonomous. Such form of caring eventually developsinto empowered caring, which can be traced to establishinginteraction that supports caring connections. Empowered caring is anattribute that nurses should strive to achieve since it is informedby having both experience and extensive knowledge of the field.
Differentclients perceive illnesses and specific diseases and its accompanyingsymptoms differently. Such perceptions are tied to their underlyingcultural norms and beliefs. Cultural competence comprises of variousattitudes, policies, behaviors and policies that are combined into asystem among nursing professionals, thus ensuring their work isapplicable in cross-cultural settings. To be culturally competentimplies to possess the capacity to operate efficiently from anindividual and organizational standpoint within contexts of cultureand beliefs exhibited by different patients and communities.Incorporating cultural competence in a professional setting meanshaving a complex combination of worldviews, cultural beliefs, andattitudes on differences in cultures and applying them when assessingpatients ethnically. Cultural assessment of patients means to look attheir cultural health practices and beliefs and come up with acongruent intervention using cultural communication.
Ethicalsensitivity is a significant aspect of nursing. An ethicallysensitive professional is responsive in a moral way, of thevulnerable and suffering nature of people receiving professionalcare. Likewise, it is regarded as one of the aspects of professionalcompetence for it has an effect on the decent performance of aprofessional and the therapeutic relation a nurse has with patients.Incorporating ethical sensitivity in nursing would translate to havethe capacity to recognize moral themes and interprets it to come upwith an appropriate response. It is a fundamental aspect of moraldecisions.
Leadershipin a nursing profession setting comprises of efforts to changeoneself, professionals and institutions to realize positive healthoutcomes in the community. Taking up leadership would entail thecreation of policies and care systems aimed at ensuring equity invarious aspects of care provision. Application of such leadership innursing would see a professional strive to protect human rightsthrough equal access to treatment and advocating for social justiceand realizing optimal care for various populations. Assuming aleadership role in nursing would entail promoting the use of bestevidence-based practices in the care of patients.
Lifelonglearning in a nursing setting is the dynamic process that requiresboth personal and professional settings, whether in a formal orinformal view. Lifelong learning aims to find and appreciate ideasand new perspective to acquire a new experience. It is an aspect ofeducation that makes a professional question the skills, environment,knowledge, and interactions currently in place. Incorporatinglifelong learning in nursing professionals means possessing featureslike reflection, appreciation of dynamism of knowledge and activelyseeking learning opportunities. The implication of an active mindand lifelong learning is that a professional can apply knowledge indelivering quality health care.
Nursingis considered one of the most dynamic professions. It is accompaniedby opportunities for career development and rewards especially whencombined with lifelong learning. Having a graduate degree is thefirst step in preparing to become a nursing professional. Throughoutthe nursing career, there are opportunities to expand knowledgeconsidering new technological advances and nursing research. Having agraduate education has been linked to more opportunities.Graduate-level preparation allows a nurse to provide direct patientcare in an advanced capacity. There are additional opportunities forconducting research, teaching, influencing public policy, consultingand implementing solutions which impact healthcare provision. Thereis a high demand for graduate nurses who are needed to fill up newlyand established roles. There are a variety of practice areas where anurse could work like family health, administration, systemimprovement, public health and much more. The United States hasundergone healthcare reform in the recent past which. The new regimeplaces nurses in a position of driving change in healthcare. Theencroaching of lifestyle diseases and an aging population has createda demand for a transformed healthcare system. Nurses are, therefore,in demand to provide primary care and take up specialty roles andtake on independent practices. A graduate education gives tangibleadvantages to the general quality of life. There are moreopportunities to have an impact on the general design andimplementation of healthcare. New opportunity practices areemerging, and specialized skills are in high demand a graduatenursing education would enable the realization of not only formaleducation but good remunerations and a longer career.
Inconclusion, nursing as a career offers sufficient of choices so thatan individual can adapt in his or her profession. Similarly, it is anadaptable occupation, since it works within a person’s lifestyle,that is, weekends, nights, or day time. Essentially, nursing providesnumerous areas of specialty, thus offering opportunity in acquiringan advanced degree.
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