Nursingmore than a profession indeed is a calling to be of selfless

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Nursing–more than a profession indeed, is a calling to be of selfless service to humanity, an advocacy which centers in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations with its core focusing on alleviation of pain and suffering through protection, health promotion, wellness and disease prevention. Our practice has undeniably undergone series of radical changes which necessitates practicing nurses to continually seek education to keep up with the recent advancements taking place in the field thereby, maintaining patient safety and maximizing high quality administration of care in a widely diverse setting. I foresee nursing as a complex art that requires compassion, ethics, intuition and empathy. High standards of professionalism, never ending diligence, solid stamina, ability to mitigate problems quickly, careful attention to detail, a composed mind and calm attitude in emergency situations, empathetic disposition–the list could go on and on when we speak of personal attributes that makes one an exceptional nurse, these qualities are however, not an asset but are rather compulsory in our chosen field. Indeed, one must possess intricate qualities such as these not only to ensure patients’ optimal level of care but more importantly to aid nurses who plan to keep the practice in a long term basis. I believe I wouldn’t have chosen this path had I not possess all those standards as many seem to only pursue the course for the merits that goes along with it. These day and age tho, I personally think the nursing studies has become too academic that it fells short in preparing nurses in the realities of the profession, leaving the most vital qualities such as exceptional listening and speaking skills, compassion and caring nature, seemingly neglected. I know for a fact that the rest of my work depends so much on these factors. It is quite impossible for nurses like me, to solve problems if they’re unable to effectively communicate with patients and families. In most settings, patients expect us to understand their concerns perfectly well before administration of therapeutics. Truly, an effective nurse is one who can not only fulfill, but also anticipate patients’ needs. I understand that a huge part of our practice depends so much on scientific premises but sometimes, I personally take for granted the necessity to have the art to communicate and empathize. I look forward to not only honing professional skills through advanced studies but more importantly, to have the humility to address concerns that gets in the way of compassionate nursing–including the innate caring nature expected of us, active listening, and valuing patients concerns that’s long been overlooked due to inevitable circumstances on clinical settings. Sometimes, we concentrate more on the science of our profession failing to realize we have taken for granted the tangible effects of empathy and compassion. More than a skilled nurse who accurately medicates and attentively attends to patients’ needs, sometimes a nurse with a compassionate and caring nature is what they need as it provides a sense to patients that their condition and concerns matter, recognized and more importantly, acted upon. II.Provide your own definition of cultural competence, ethical sensitivity, leadership and life-long learning as well as how you may incorporate these concepts in your professional practice.Central to services rendered by all health care professionals are cultural competence and ethical decision making–two separate, yet intrinsically related concepts. I, as a health care advocate understands fully how professional morality is inherent to the health care practice and that I should have an ethical obligation to respect cultural differences in all health care settings. Cultural competence and ethical sensitivity from my perspective, is becoming aware of how culture influences individual behavior and thinking which enables one to plan not only the best care but an approach suitable to patients. Awareness of the rules of interactions within a specific cultural group, such as custom patterns and communication methods, familial lineage, and spiritual leanings, will help one better understand the behavior of patients. Which is why, as an aspiring carer, who is set to serve varied diverse populations, I should be able to acknowledge multiculturism and how it’s deeper than just ethnicity and race. It is not just having conscious effort to not only recognize but apprehend how culture affects individuals behavior and mentality. I must develop existing skills to interrelate and communicate with patients and families from a varied cultures with a myriad of cultural and linguistic factors, and should be able to communicate appropriately, both verbally and non-verbally, in each culturally different context. I plan to have this hurdled through self awareness of my own unique culture and take this to be a an initial step towards cultural competence which will eventually allow me as a health care professional to align best care plan to my patients. Leadership is now considered to be fundamental to nursing. Nurses are now expected to act as leaders not only exclusive to clinical setting but across variety of settings. I understand how adequate training and rigorous preparation is essential to prepare nurses, like me for this role. Recently, leadership in nursing is considered as very crucial factor in promoting health and catering for the unique health needs of the people by providing safe and quality care. Nurses’ leadership skills should always be client oriented as it works for the best interests of our patients. I plan on using my innovative and critical thinking skills to influence patients, their families and other health care professionals in achieving positive health outcomes. Debilitating diseases often causes patients to feel powerless and devoid of strength, living them the impression that they are useless, I can empower patients by actively en