Critically Exploring Professional Practice

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This piece of essay on critical professional biography will among other things, state the meaning of a professional biography, purpose of my professional biography, discuss my entry into the field of nursing, examination of my career pathway in relation to Nursing and Midwifery Council`s domains of Competency Framework-professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision-making, leadership management and team-working. I will also discuss my professional development plan, what to improve on in my current role and the lessons learnt from the Critically Exploring Professional
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This was my last role before coming to do my masters programme.

In all my role as a nurse in these clinical settings , I practised within the four domains of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Competency Framework-professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision-making and leadership, management and team-working. Though I qualified and was registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), the Professional Code of Conduct of the NMCN is similar to the four domains of the Competency Framework stipulated by the NMC (NMCN, 2004).

Domain 1: Professional values
As nurses, professional values guide the decisions and actions we take in caring for our patients. We are responsible for caring for patients / clients during birth, illness and death. If we are not aware of the decisions and actions to take, it would be difficult to provide our patients / clients with outstanding care. In my practice, I ensured that the professional values of nursing – dignity, autonomy, informed consent, patients` right and altruism are upheld. I demonstrated confidence in my practice in line with the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives (NMC, 2008) and within the legal frameworks of my organisation. I provided care in a non-judgemental and sensitive manner, maintaining equality and ensuring that


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