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Factors that influence the public image of professional nursing
Nursing is a profession with essential characteristics of autonomy and accountability. These factors contribute to the public’s general view of nursing professionals. In addition, nurses possess a wide range of knowledge in the healthcare field; however, the public sometimes underrates the skills and competence of nurses that they have acquired through education and innovation and their experience in health care. Some factors that affect the public’s image include but are not limited to the ones expounded below.
How do nurses carry themselves and represent themselves in front of patients and the visitors in the organization? This includes the language nurses use to address the patients and visitors. The use of vulgar language and negative phrases contributes to negative public perception, leading to a downgrade of the nursing profession. However, the public is quite aware that professional nurses can give solace and care to a person in need (Hoyle et al., 2017).
The nurse’s uniform and mode of dressing promote a perception that is negative or positive. The nurse should dress up professionally to promote a positive public perception and an accurate professional image to the media (Barratt, 2018). Because as we know, the first appearances tend to be pivotal moments, and the perception formed tends to be not easily forgotten for decades.
How a nurse should tell the public what profession nurses do.
As a nurse/ student nurse, I would start by relying to the public the information of what not only professional nurses but also licensed nurses should do to help patients achieve optimal health and prevent the disease, which could be more effective than treating the disease. I should educate the public that there is more to a nurse than what meets the eye. Telling the public that the nurses wear many hats in order to fight diseases would be utmost importance
As a nurse, I would indicate to the public that the nurses are responsible for administering medication and monitoring the general progress in the patients’ health (Atwal et al., 2006). In this respect, the nurses indeed take responsibility for monitoring the side effects caused by the medication they administer to their patients. Therefore the nurses are of great help and a great deal of assistance to the health care system. Besides, the licensed nurses are supposed to assist the medical team in creating, implementing and the evaluation of patient care plans (Barratt, 2018). I would educate the public on these essential roles in achieving a healthy world. Discussing to the public that this patient care they are the beneficiary of this plans would be of a great deal in helping them know the worth of nurses in the health care institution.
Atwal, A., Tattersall, K., Caldwell, K., & Craik, C. (2006). Multidisciplinary perceptions of the role of nurses and healthcare assistants in the rehabilitation of older adults in acute health care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(11), 1418-1425.
Barratt, C. (2018). Developing resilience: the role of nurses, healthcare teams and organizations. Nursing Standard, 33(7), 43-49.
Hoyle, L. P., Kyle, R. G., & Mahoney, C. (2017). Nurses’ views on the impact of mass media on the public perception of nursing and nurse–service user interactions. Journal of research in nursing, 22(8), 586-596.