properly and safely. The author of this paper believes that she can improve her leadership and management skills as she has not had much experience in these areas. By increasing her knowledge and building up her skills she will only improve her ability to be a better nurse all around. We as nurses all have voices and by sharing what we know we continue to learn from each other making the future of nursing one of the strongest professions there is. Reflective Practice Reference Behaviors/Tenants This area of nursing can get rather confusing. The author of this paper believes she is very competent in this area. She understands that everyone can have different beliefs and values and she respects that, even if they are not the same as her own. While going through these courses for her BSN the author has learned more about different cultures and what their beliefs are. During her ADN program they did not focus on the different cultural or religious beliefs much, she believes they should as this is very important in caring for people of different cultural groups. There are times when a patient’s beliefs may be unsafe practice, this nurse will then just
try to educate the patient the best that she can on why she cannot honor their wishes. She respects them and wants them to understand it is not because she doesn’t want to but she physically cannot without putting her license in jeopardy. This author believes it is important to constantly be willing to learn, if you do not know or understand something, do the research, understand it, and become comfortable with it. This should be a commitment that all nurses are willing to do as healthcare is always changing and learning new things is part of daily work. Conclusion As nurses we need to advocate for our patients, their families, and the community itself as a whole. We must not forget to be advocates for ourselves as well. To advocate means to identify issues and then find solutions that can be implemented to improve the workplace (Tomajan, 2012). With a large number of nurses looking to retire in the near future, my job as a nurse will be to continue learning and developing as a nurse so that I can help new nurses coming into the profession learn and grow as well. My current position as a wound nurse in the clinic is wonderful. I can use the knowledge that I gain in my daily work and help to teach others about pressure relieving techniques and devices, different types of treatment, benefits of hyperbaric oxygen, etc. I can do more with my knowledge, instead of just talking with the new
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