clinical nurses role

clinical nurses role

  1. Functional differences

The differences is that, the board of nursing (BON) regulates, approves licensure, enact laws and monitors with an aim of making sure that I have the requisite professional qualification to ensure the safety of the patients. The board established the nursing practice act that stipulates the scope of my practice and the validity of my license. A professional nursing organization central role is to advance the interests of the clinical nurses through, education, benchmarking, information sharing and promoting the growth of the profession to ensure satisfaction of both nurses and patients (Weber, 2011). Therefore, it ensures that I advance my education and protects my rights at the workplace.

  1. Provisions of nursing code of ethics

I will identify two provisions that influence my nursing profession. First is provision one that states” The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of every person” (ANA, 2001). I have dedicated myself to be honest with the patients, treat them with respect irrespective of their illness, beliefs or status and I am empathetic of their conditions. Second is the third provision that states “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient” (ANA, 2001). As a qualified clinical nurse it’s my duty to ensure that patients’ rights to privacy, confidentially and quality of care and service are maintained (Zyblock, 2010).

  1. Professional traits from ANA code of ethics

I have identified four significant traits from the third, fourth and eight ANA provisions that I can bring to an interdisciplinary team. The third provision has two traits which advocates for protecting patient privacy and confidentiality (ANA, 2001). A patient’s written, physical and auditory privacy is ensured through the advanced nurse practitioners in the clinic. The fourth provision promotes accountability, responsibility and authority over one’s area of practice (ANA, 2001). This requires I take responsibility and be accountable for any mistakes in treatment of patients such as giving wrong medications and any harm to the patients as a result of my actions by duly reporting such mistakes (Zyblock, 2010).  Further, it’s important to judge my own competency before performing any tasks. The eighth provision requires collaboration with other health professionals (ANA, 2001). This is significant in building better professional relationship and promotes information sharing within the team which in turn ensure patients receive better services (Zyblock, 2010).

  1. Nursing theory

Dorothea Orem’s theory of Self-care deficit model; self-care, self-care-deficit and nursing systems aligns well with my professional career. The theory recognizes that any person who gets ill for any reason and is not capable of taking care of himself/herself due to what Orem refers as self- care deficit, then such a person needs nursing interventions (Thressiamma, 2010). The theory provides interventions that are based on nurses’ assessment of patients’ self-care deficits. It relates to my profession because such nurse assessments are conducted annually for patients over 70 years to determine their self-care deficits. A scale is used to determine which patients can independently take care of themselves and which patients that need complete nursing assistance.

  1. Nursing contribution

One of the most recognizable historical nurse figure that has influenced my profession is Florence Nightingale. She changed the nursing profession from just being a household care service for the ill to the modern respected profession (Zyblock, 2010). She believed that all people should have equal opportunities and she strongly supported equal human rights. She improved the standards of nursing care by educating nurses and encouraging them to improve the health care services for the patients (Zyblock, 2010). Her determination and desire to improve the standards of the nursing practice and to ensure all people received equal treatment has been my driving force which has helped me to maintain higher standards and advocate for my patients’ rights.


American Nurse Association (2001) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. Retrieved from American association (2015)

Thressiamma, P. (2010). Chapter-18 Orem�s Self-care Deficit Theory. Procedures and Theories of Community Health Nursing, 193-203. doi:10.5005/jp/books/11444_18

Weber, B. B. (2011). The Role of Professional Nursing Organizations in Maintaining a Healthy Workplace. Plastic Surgical Nursing31(3), 92-94. doi:10.1097/psn.0b013e318227253c

Zyblock, D. M. (2010). Nursing Presence in Contemporary Nursing Practice. Nursing Forum45(2), 120-124. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6198.2010.00173.x

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