Nursing Professionalism

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Nursing Professionalism
Nursing XXXX
Professor XXXXX
XXXXX, 2012

Professionalism is a dynamic combination of several aspects of nursing. I think that the cores of nursing professionalism is caring and serving. This article examines the concept of professionalism in nursing along with my personal decision to enter this field. I got into the nursing profession because I wanted to help people and be able to advocate for their needs. Through my experience, I realize that nursing is a profession, not just a job. The article by LaSala and Nelson supports that nursing professionalism encompasses more than just professional appearance and should be considered in a variety of different settings, including the job interview
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The more I talk to seasoned nurses, the more I realize that the best thing for me to do would be to obtain my nurse practitioner license. This degree would have a dual purpose because I also have a strong desire to teach nursing classes at some point in my career. This RN-BSN program is just the next step to achieve my long-term personal and professional goals.
Article 1: What Contribute to Professionalism? In the article, What Contributes to Professionalism? by Kathleen LaSala and Jennene Nelson, published in Medsurg Nursing in 2005, the authors examine several different areas that contribute to nursing professionalism. This article discusses professional appearance, job interviews, professional meetings, and professional presentations, in an effort to inform the reader that professionalism extends beyond just the nurse-patient relationship. The authors highlight the importance of professional dress and appearance even in a culture that is becoming increasingly casual and expressive (p. 63-64). The article explains that professional attire includes clean appearance, minimal jewelry, conservative attire and no visible tattoos. The article also touches on professional behavior, including eating healthy, maintaining confident body language and avoiding the use of offensive language. This article took a more holistic approach and also examined


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