Identity shapes the social, cultural, and individual character of people in society. Professional identity enables an individual to adapt to workplace changes and display competence in handling complex issues. Professional identity empowers a nurse to meet the requirement of the patients and the expectations of the institution. Professional identity also governs how nurses interact with other professionals and entail an individual’s values, experiences, and beliefs. Caring in nursing is a patient-based approach that may be physical, emotional, or psychological (Yazdannik et al., 2012). Professional organizations are collections of nurses who improve particular elements in the nursing profession or patient care. The associations protect nurses’ interests and offer education to equip nurses with the skill to provide quality care. Professional associations in nursing also guide the nurse in securing jobs (Roux & Halstead, 2009).
In my perspective, a nurse plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between the patient and the doctor. The role a nurse plays in dealing with a patient makes it possible to provide medical assistance. With a professional identity, I can flexibly camouflage in any environment and perform high proficiency levels. It is vital to identify my strengths and passion in the nursing profession to enhance inpatient care efficiency. I believe the success of my career is determined by the effort and commitment I place in school. If I ensure that I develop a great attitude while learning and muster the basics of nursing, I could develop skills that will shape my professional identity. A nurse should not feel inferior due to the aspects of comparison in society with the doctors. Although the community may take the role of nurses lightly, nurses should go past the social image that brings feelings of inferiority. Developing a professional identity helps to reduce cases of bullying in nursing workplaces due to high self-esteem gained (Yazdannik et al., 2012).
I believe nurses possess the skills to break cultural and communication barriers. A nurse can handle patients from diverse backgrounds and get to the core of their problems and give medical recommendations. For great career development, I need to understand the philosophy and psychology of people. I believe creating an intimate relationship with a patient can help advance medical treatment. I have heard drug addicts and obese patients taking a permanent decision to adopt a healthier life after being coached by professional nurses. Nurses are leaders that live by example and guide patients in making crucial decisions in life. I want to join the American Association of Nurses (AAN) in my nursing career to empower potential nurses in schools and safeguard nurse’s interests. Participating in professional associations will advance my career prowess, build teamwork skills, and sharpen my leadership motives (Roux & Halstead, 2009).
Professional identity is a practice that we nurture by our beliefs, motives, experiences, and desires in the nursing profession. Setting goals in the nursing profession helps develop a professional identity that enables a nurse to perform tasks effectively. Professional identity also allows a nurse to perform exceptionally in different clinical environments. Nursing is a humanistic profession. Understanding the diversity of patients and acquiring skills of interaction is mandatory in caring for patients. Patients caring can be tangible or intangible. Professional nursing organizations encourage nurses to develop career-wise by updating them on better nursing practice and protecting their rights. Professional associations also offer education to nurse to improve their services in quality care. Professional associations play a crucial role in building a good reputation for nursing in society and increasing confidence in the career.
Roux, G., & Halstead, J. A. (2009). Issues and trends in nursing: Essential knowledge for today and tomorrow. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Yazdannik, A., Yekta, Z. P., & Soltani, A. (2012, February 17). Nursing professional identity: An infant or one with Alzheimer. PubMed Central (PMC). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3696964/