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Professionalism Essay

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Professionalism connotes different meaning to different people as it cuts across all walks of life. Professionalism as it relates to the medical profession embodies the relationship between medicine and society as it forms the basis of patient-physician trust. It makes salient factors like attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics which are desirable among the medical profession evident (Ross-Kerr & Wood, 2006). A high level of professionalism should be exhibited on the job looking at the example of surgeons performing a rectum operation on a patient and they busted into laughter in the process since the patient was on anesthesia. This was an unethical behavior they were shooting the video ...view middle of the document...

Those sub groups are: Health Professions Act and LPN Regulation, Licensed Practical Nurse Scope of Practice, Professional Standards of Practice, Professional Ethics, Professional Accountability, Confidentiality, Professional Boundaries, Fitness to Practice, Continuing Competence and Professional Development, Policy and Procedures, Nursing and Clinical Research.
Health professions act and LPN Regulation must carry out its activities and govern its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest. It provides direction to and regulates the practice of the regulated profession by its regulated members. LPN’s under this act are required to maintain and enforce code of ethics. The LPN under this act must carry out every activity of the college and perform duties and functions conferred by the act. LPN must have knowledge of the process of registration, how to protect their title, be conversant with restricted activities, continuing competence and the route of disciplinary process and complaint resolution process.
A CLPNA standard of practice is another sub-group under professionalism that licensed practical nurse should have knowledge of. Then, having a clear understanding of the nursing process is of great significance in the medical profession. When a licensed practical nurse meets a patient, he/she should know what’s next by performing an assessment on the patient. A head-to-toe assessment is a versatile method during a first time visit and as the treatment progresses. According to CLPNA, licensed practical nurse should be able to come up with a nursing diagnosis for the patient, have an expected outcome for that patient, what the plan of treatment would be for that patient as ordered by doctor, implementing this plan and a constant evaluation of this plan of care for that patient. Licensed practical nurses are always expected to review plan of care to see if it fits patients profile and if it is actually working for the patient. An example was during my clinical when assessment was performed on a particular client that he has +2 Edema on both legs. Though he was diagnosed to have +2 Edema but the staff did not follow a standard of practice during the treatment. I reminded the staff to elevate the legs of the patient, change the position and do passive range of motion so that there will an increase of blood circulation in the patient. Since this was overlooked, I encouraged that they follow the treatment procedure and that a refresher program be done at some intervals in order to improve on the standard of approach.
Another subject of discourse is confidentiality. Confidentiality is very sensitive when it comes to the medical profession. The patients’ medical information reaching the wrong hands through a medical expert could be damaging to the patients. As such, the licensed practical nurses have been asked to act according to the CLPNA on confidentiality. A nurse is required according to the CLPNA to report...

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