The role of the health care professional includes being a moral agent or a person whose actions affect themselves and others at a moral level.
Professional Platform for Ethics and Leadership
The role of the health care professional includes being a moral agent or a person whose actions affect themselves and others at a moral level. It is important to have a personal ethic or moral framework in which you ground your practice and professional relationships. The purpose of this assignment is to explore and create a foundation for leadership and ethics in your professional practice.
Write a reflection on the nature, sources, and implications of your values, beliefs, and ethical perspectives that guide your personal life and nursing practice. Please note, grading is based on the clarity and depth of your writing and the apparent effort given the assignment, not on the rightness or wrongness of your position. You are encouraged to be honest in your self-assessments and conclusions.
Each of the following points must be addressed in your essay:
Primary influences (childhood and adult)
Ethical principles that influence you personally and professionally
Ethical practice of professional nursing
Ethical leadership and professional development plan. Include both positive and negative aspects of your character that emerge when you are in a position of authority
Length: 1500 to 2000 words total.
Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA format. These do not count towards the minimum word count for this assignment. Your essay must include an introduction and a conclusion.
References: Use appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. Your assignment should include at least two (2) scholarly sources PLUS the textbook.
Module Course Learning Objectives (CLO)
After completing this module, students will be able to:
CLO 1: Explain the integration of professional values, personal competence, and interpersonal skills and their importance in leadership and management roles of the professional nurse (PLG 1, 4; UMBO 1, 2, 3, 4)
CLO 2: Analyze characteristics needed by a leader/manager in the current and emerging health care arena (PLG 4; UMBO 1, 2, 3, 4)
CLO 7: Explore the organizational context within which nursing leaders/managers function (PLG 4; UMBO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Legal and ethical issues make the practice of nursing complex; an effective leader-manager understands pertinent ethical standards and legal requirements in depth, not only to avoid negative consequences, but to ensure fair and just patient care and employee treatment. This week, we will learn about the different types of law that affect us professionally, and the ethical standards that nurse leaders use in their scope of practice and in decision making.
AACN Baccalaureate Essential 5: Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments
AACN Baccalaureate Essential 8: Professionalism and professional values
IOM Core Competency 1: Patient-centered care
IOM Core Competency 4: Quality improvement
Weiss, S. A. & Tappen, R. M. (2015). Essentials of nursing leadership and management (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company. Read chapters 3 and 4
- Austin, S. (2011). Stay out of court with proper documentation. Nursing 41(4), 24-30
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