Professional Roles and Values: Task One Professional Roles and Values: Task One Joel Ruttenber Western Governors University Pre-licensure RN Program
Professional Roles and Values: Task One A. Florence Nightingale’s theory of practice as it relates to environmental adaptation has had a direct impact on my goals and values as a nursing student. Evidence of Nightingale’s environmental adaptation theory can be seen in any modern medical facility. Cleanliness has become synonymous with health. Modern nurses implement Nightingale’s theory continually while providing patient care. Each time a nurse performs hand hygiene, he or she, is practicing Nightingale’s environmental adaptation theory. (Cherry & Jacob, 2017, p. 50) The environmental adaptation theory influences my professional practice constantly. I frequently find myself assuring the cleanliness of the patient and or their surrounds during my clinical rotations as a nursing student. B. One of the many historical figures contributing to the nursing field during the nineteenth and twentieth century was Dorthy Orem. Orem theorized the role of a nurse was to restore a patient’s self-care capacity following an insult that rendered the patient incapable of functioning fully. (Cherry & Jacob, 2017, p. 50) The practical application of the theory is seen in patient interventions aimed at restoring peak obtainable functionality following an injury or illness. Another example of a contributing historical figure can be seen in the environmental adaptation theory provided by Florence Nightingale. Nightingale’s theory revealed the effect of the surrounding environment on a patient’s healing. (Cherry & Jacob, 2017, p. 50) There are many differences found between the theories provided by Orem and Nightingale. Orem’s theory centered around the patient’s ability to care for themselves. The role of the nurse was to assist the patient in attaining the best functionality available to them. While Nightingale’s theory was also patient-centered, she regarded the environment surrounding the patient to be a vital component of the healing process. Both historical figures contribute to my daily practice as a nursing student. Patient education regarding self-care, specifically prior to discharge, is an example of Orem’s theory in practice. Nightingale’s insight into the environment of a patient also influences my daily practice.
Professional Roles and Values: Task One Providing a patient with a clean environment is a consistent goal of my daily activities as a nursing student. C. A state board of nursing functions as a regulatory agency that guarantees minimum standards are met to ensure safe nursing practices. A nurse wishing to practice within a specific state must apply for a license through that state’s board of nursing. The American Nursing Association (ANA) is a private organization that acts as an advocate for practicing nurses and the nursing profession at the national level. An example of this advocacy can be seen in the ANA’s involvement in the Medicare reform legislation.
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