Reflection of Professional Roles and Values Class

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D1a. Discuss how the program assisted you in developing yourprofessional definition.

Through various aspects of the program, I was able to fully developmy professional definition as a nurse. By reviewing the differencesbetween regulatory agencies such as the board of nursing andprofessional nursing organizations such as the American NursingAssociations (ANA) and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), theprogram helped me to identify unsafe nursing practices that warranteddisciplinary options from the board of nursing as well as thestandards of nursing practices through ANA and ENA. My professionaldefinition of as a nurse was further developed by knowing the rulescreated by the regulatory agency, which determined the scope ofpractice for nurses. Details regarding the scope of practice fornurses helped me to know my roles as a professional nurse in thehealth care setting. Further, through the program, I was able to knowthe different professional traits for nurses as regards myrelationship with colleagues and other stakeholders, the primacy ofthe interests of patients, collaboration and the protection of thepatients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality (AmericanNurses Association, 2015).

D1b. Identify the artifacts in your portfolio that support yourdefinition.

Artifacts in my portfolio that support my definition include myresume, evidence of professional affiliations, licenses andcertifications, evidence of specific skills and work samples producedduring my nursing practice.

D1b.i Explain how these artifacts support the definition from partD1.

These artifacts support my professional definition presented abovein a number of ways. To start with, my resume gives the summary of myeducational and professional background in nursing, an indicationthat I am familiar with aspects of nursing practice and that I amindeed a nurse. Secondly, the evidence of professional affiliationsto organizations such as ENA and ANA and the evidence of specificskills and work samples produced during my nursing practice providethe evidence of my experience in nursing practice. Lastly, with thesupport of my professional affiliations, my nursing certificationsshow my qualifications as a nursing professional.

D2a. Discuss the importance of professional collaboration foreffective nursing leadership.

Considering the complexity of health care, the importance ofcollaborative effort for effective nursing leadership cannot beoveremphasized. My collaboration with other stakeholders in theemergency department was key in ensuring things ran smoothly andpatients received the maximum care they needed. For instance, Icollaborated with doctors to ensure that patients brought to theemergency department were attended to in time and their concerns wereaddressed fully. I coordinated other nurses in my department byassigning them individual cases where they could focus theirattention and required them to constantly report to me the conditionsof the patients before, during, and after treatment. This allowed meto know the patients’ progress and helped me decide subsequentsteps such as asking doctors to attend to them and seeing to it thatno patients’ needs remained unattended. Collaboration furtherprovided a platform upon which attending physicians could communicatewith me and other assigned nurses. Through communication, physicianscould make appropriate recommendations for care settings to ensureeffective treatment and quick recovery for the patients (AmericanNurses Association, 2015). Effective leadership by aprofessional nurse ensures that patients get the best care they need.Such high levels of collaboration ensured that open communication waspossible and the whole care team worked together effectively toprovide the best care patients needed.


American Nurses Association. (2015). Codeof ethics for nurses with interpretive statements.Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.