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Professionalism (NURBN1003) Introduction To Nursing Assessment & Practice

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Federation University Australia

Foundational Nursing Practice 1: Introduction to Nursing Assessment & Practice (NURBN1003)

Professionalism in Nursing

1 Professionalism in Nursing
Professionalism in nursing involves responsibility for “determining the standards of nursing
practice”. (DeLauine et al., 2016, p. 137). The importance of nursing involves practicing the
appropriate codes of conduct, ensuring safe practice, including the demonstration of
conducting professional behaviours within the nursing profession and ensuring as a nurse, the
health professional performs high standard quality of care in respect of the patient and
consideration of their background.
Nurses are trusted to practice their profession appropriately. Working with patients and
colleagues, nurses are expected to present themselves in the correct professional manner.
According to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), professional conduct
refers to “the manner in which a person behaves while acting in a professional capacity.”
(NMBA, 2016, p. 1). This is utterly important when demonstrating professionalism in nursing
practice. The manner a nurse presents themselves to patients and colleagues can greatly affect
the way an individual views the health care professional and their professionalism. Acting in
accordance with behaviour is important. Conversely, displaying correct uniform and hygiene
practices are significant components to demonstrating the importance of professionalism in
nursing, as it demonstrates a sense of professionalism throughout the healthcare setting



Professionalism (NURBN1003) Introduction To Nursing Assessment & Practice

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