There have been arguments that the picture of what nurses do contradicts with the use and or the definition of the term professionalism. However there has been a strong thesis supporting the fact that nursing fulfils the tenets of not only a discipline but also a profession.
There have been arguments that the picture of what nurses do contradicts with the use and or the definition of the term professionalism. However there has been a strong thesis supporting the fact that nursing fulfils the tenets of not only a discipline but also a profession. This can only be proven when the practice of nursing is compared to the qualities that a discipline must meet to be called a profession (Judd Sitzman & Davis 2010). There is no standard definition of a profession. However a profession can be defined as a vocation which is based on specialised education and training and whose main aim is to supply service and objective counsel to the society at a definite and direct compensation devoid of the expectation of additional business gains (Hood & Leddy 2010). This paper thus answers the question as to why nursing fulfils the qualities of a profession. It outlines the qualities of a profession and compares nursing to these qualities.
Qualities of a profession
A number of qualities have been suggested as a basis on which a profession can be singled out. Service orientation is the first tenet of a profession. Systematic theories are used in defining professions thence a profession must meet this tenet. Autonomy is the other quality of a profession. Learning and training also forms part of what defines a profession. A profession has a code of ethics. It is important to note that each of these features is interpreted differently as applied to specific professions (Finkelman & Kenner 2013).
No one can deny that nursing is service oriented. Service orientation aims to satisfy the objective of professionalism which is providing services to the community without having a business inclined mind-set. However nursing has been competing to acquire a full status and recognition in institutions that deal in liberal arts. The major stumbling block in this effort has been and still remains to be the applied science nature or inclination of the discipline of nursing. Traditional sciences give highest priorities to knowledge creation and expansion without fully regarding the practical usefulness of these disciplines. The society applauds professions because of the level of service orientation that a profession has. On the other hand the academe world which trains the professionals does penalize the professions because of service orientation. It is not enough in itself to argue that professions must be service oriented. Service orientation must pay respect to the aspect of time. It must also be carefully orchestrated so that it can satisfy the specific social needs. Orchestration entails the deployment of adequate workforce for the timely delivery of services. Direction and response to the market is a one of the most important considerations of a profession. When the service fails to be timely relevant and efficacious that field of work goes does disappear. The problems facing the nursing discipline largely contribute to the critiques that point out that nursing is not a profession. However nursing remains to be service oriented and thence a profession. If the challenges facing it are eliminated nurses will be able to efficiently and effectively deliver services to the society