Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Educating Our Students regarding the Standards of Professional Practice and Professional Performance

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Educating Our Students regarding the Standards of Professional Practice and Professional Performance

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Just as we teach our students the Nursing Process, to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate, we also teach them the Standards of Professional Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance (American Nurses Association, Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice, 2010).

There is no doubt that we can point to where these standards are woven into the curriculum, not only in leadership courses but throughout each and every clinical and didactic experience. We teach our students to value these concepts:

* The ethics of practice

* The need to educate ourselves, to maintain current knowledge and competencies and engage in lifelong learning

* The integration of evidence-based knowledge in our contributions to quality care

* Communication skills to be practiced with patients, families, and professional colleagues

* The need to demonstrate leadership within the practice setting and the profession

* Collaboration with all members of the health care team

* Appropriate resource utilization

* The need to practice in an environmentally safe and healthy manner

Nevertheless, when I ask practicing nurses how they use professional nursing standards in their practice, most will agree that while standards do exist, they are unclear about what they are. It is only when I point to a particular standard that these nurses will acknowledge its importance. …

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