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A person, unlike many other animals, is endowed with the ability to acquire and use his knowledge to develop and improve himself. This essay seeks to respond to often asked questions regarding the purpose of man’s existence. The medical profession appeared many years ago and is as old as man himself. Interestingly, the profession has continued to evolve over time to become what it is today. Today, the profession is governed by ethics encapsulated in the medical code of conduct. Nurses and professional doctors work hard to manage health facilities and deliver high quality medical service to the community.
Motivation, Inspiration, and Loyalty
Nursing is a call rather than a profession. It goes beyond the normal requirements of a profession. Predisposition of a person to become a nurse is dictated by nature rather than by the desire to earn a living. It is not about the salary earned at the end of the month. It is not about a mare response to the demands of our trainers or our employers. It is about a call to serve the community when it needs you most. When one’s health is at stake, nursing professionals are always ready to offer help. Saving lives is our motivation. It feels awesome to see patients regain their strength due to the intensive care. Just seeing them return to the normal life keeps us going. The reverse is also true, patients frequently succumb to diseases. Such events are accompanied by negative feelings and leave marks in our lives.
“We die many times” in this profession. Every time we lose a patient, we get demotivated. Then, our spiritual beliefs are called upon. Life is given to us by God and we too realize we do not have much time. Prayer plays a central role in the profession. Interestingly, we often lay hands on the sick. When we realize that the patient is likely to leave us, we call upon the name of God. Often this brings consolation and comfort that no man can offer.
Professional Moral Compass
The professional moral compass accounts for the actions and decisions of an individual in his/her lifetime. Personal culture, philosophy, and spiritual values come in handy in developing our professional ethics. Any decision made in this field is highly dependent on these aspects of one’s life. I was brought up in a strict Christian background where life was perceived as a sacred gift and service to mankind was perceived as a service to God. I developed my culture and values which greatly influence my view of the world nursing philosophy. It is this culture and values that act as the professional moral compass I apply at my job. My cultural background taught about adherence to trust, integrity, respect, service, and responsibility values that are echoed in the nursing philosophy and code of ethics. Today, this culture continues to influence my view of the profession.
We serve the community. Our responsibility is to do what we wish others would to do for us in a similar scenario. We are loyal first to God, then to the patient, and finally to the doctors. Our work should not be influenced by our feelings and moods. We subscribe to the international requirements of the profession. At times, we keep our view to ourselves and have to remain loyal to our seniors. When not on duty, we attend spiritual nourishment classes. The church plays a big role in reviving our hearts. We are all called to serve mankind and there is no greater call than working in a profession that helps save the life of the best of God’s creatures.
Values, Morals, and Ethics
Nursing morals, rules, and regulations are the rules which dictate the considerations taken in order to choose between wrong and right e.g. the rules that govern the response to the requests of a patient in pain. These rules are not necessarily written down, instead, they are developed and adopted. In nursing we believe in performance in a corruption free environment.
Morals are social aspects that govern one’s performance. They are adopted from the cultural environment. Morals influence one’s inclination to do right or wrong. In nursing one is trained to act right under any circumstances, otherwise, the results could be lethal.
Ethics are formal codes within a profession. They are documented and are dictated by developers rather than one’s personality (Zoucha, 2000).
Our personal values, philosophy, and beliefs often conflict with the professional requirements. Often we are required to integrate, embrace, and infuse cultural diversity. We often encounter patients with intrigues behavior and culture. Professional values do not allow for any discrimination or indifference regardless of the behavior of the patient. I, however, often stick to a different view. Patients too should subscribe to a standard code of conduct while they are within a medical facility. Within the professional code patients are treated equally no matter what their cultural, religious, and spiritual backgrounds are. The adoption of the trans-cultural nursing requirements would have helped solve such dilemma. It would help synchronize our own culture with the one of other people (Leininger, 1979). These requirements are rarely adhered to in the profession (Giger, 2004). Such dilemma influences attendance to patients especially when cultural differences are evident.
The nursing profession is not merely a career. Time and again we in the profession have to surmount challenges of diverse kinds. It is not easy to subscribe to professional ethics especially when they differ from personal philosophy and views. Serving in the medical field calls for sacrifice. We often have to forget ourselves and serve regardless of not being rewarded. Nurses subscribe to the professional code of conduct by taking an oath before commencing service. The oath is meant to keep all nurses focused and loyal to their patients and employers.