What is professional nursing practice?

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What is professional nursing practice?
Professional nurses are held to high standards. (operation nurse image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from Fotolia.com)

Professional nursing practice is a set of guidelines followed by professional nurses to promote high-quality nursing standards. While no formal set of rules is outlined by any organisation, these practices are widely followed. Nursing practices include maintaining a safe environment and sticking to basic nursing ethics. Nurses work for not just the patients, but also their families.

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Nurses are responsible for protecting their patients and promoting general health. They help prevent the spread of illness and work to alleviate patient suffering while undergoing treatment. They diagnose patients and help prevent injuries.


Nurses in professional settings should be eligible for advancement if they have taken steps to educate themselves, satisfied patients, shown improvements in their clinicals and act as a mentor to others.


Nurses should work with up-to-date technology. The hospital or health center's budget should include new equipment. Nurses should know how to use their computer systems to monitor and update patient information.


In a professional setting, nurses should have resources and opportunities to enhance their knowledge, such as continuing education classes, mentorships and internships. Nurses should be encouraged to grow professionally.

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