Nursing is a profession that is rooted in professional ethics and values. As a nurse, we should have professional value because our ultimate aim is to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare services to all needy people.
1) Personal values and beliefs-
Personal value is the principal thing that guides our behavior. Belief is the thing that we consider true. Sources of values and beliefs are family, peer group, culture, religion, society, educational organization, etc.
My personal values and beliefs include-
Kindness—this is one of my personal values that guide my behavior. This means treating others as I want to be treated by others. this value helps to do good for others.
Love: Love is another personal value, and it means giving love to others. If we have love and we want to see others grow, we do things for others’ wellness.
Happiness-happiness is the personal value that helps me become happy always and eliminates the things that make me feel sad.
These are all personal values that help to tackle our life goals as early as possible.
2)Professional values and beliefs-
Nursing is a unique profession that deals with the life of an individual and does things that are intended to be good for each individual. Professional values and beliefs are important for the sound functioning of the nursing profession. Professional values and beliefs are rooted in the standard of ethics.
The professional value and beliefs include
Autonomy- in my profession we need to treat individuals in their unhealthy condition. As a nurse, we respect an individual’s own values and decisions. The value of autonomy aims to respect the patient and do things according to the decision.
As a nurse, we always keep our professional dignity. “Dignity” means our actions are always focused on the patient’s well-being. So, nurses should show dignity to patients.
Honesty: Honesty is what other professionals value and is also considered important. Honesty means telling the truth to the patient. As a nurse, we have the responsibility, to tell the truth regarding patient health and the progress of health status.
Precision and accuracy in caring are important to follow this value because in nursing we provide comprehensive health care to patients and deal with the lives of patients. So, accurate and precise care is important for patient well-being; otherwise, it will lead to patient harm.
Human relationships—this is also a professional value. In the nursing profession, we deal with human beings, so sound relationships are needed to provide the best care for them.
Individual and professional competence: This value focuses on professional development. Every individual should be competent in providing the best care and improving careers in nursing.
Justice means doing good for the patient.