Social media and nursing (24 hours)
Nurses have a professional responsibility to uphold standards of conduct consistent with the standards governing their profession. These standards include exercising sound judgement, demonstrating personal integrity and adhering to ethical principles in both their practice and personal life. Adhering to these high expectations is essential for nurses to maintain the respect of colleagues, patients, and society at large as well as protect themselves from potential legal ramifications.
When nurses act in accordance with established professional codes of conduct, they are respected for their commitment to safeguarding the public’s health and safety by providing competent patient care. Professional behavior includes refraining from unprofessional conduct such as discrimination, negligence or deceitful acts that can lead to disciplinary action taken against the nurse by state boards.
Moreover, exhibiting appropriate conduct enables a nurse to create an environment where trust is established between healthcare team members which fosters collaboration among providers resulting in improved patient outcomes. Nurses must remember when interacting with people who are vulnerable due to illness or injury that all involved deserve respectful treatment and privacy of information about them shared with others should be minimized or eliminated altogether unless deemed necessary for quality medical care delivery.
In conclusion, upholding standards of nursing professionalism promotes safe environments necessary for optimal patient care while preserving public trust in the nursing profession and helps sustain a culture of excellence within healthcare settings throughout the world.