More Than A Five Syllable Word
So what do you think of when you hear the word "professionalism"? Professionalism is a word that can be defined many different ways depending on which profession you practice or the period of life that you occupy. How would a definition applicable to the profession of nursing read? Chances are your definition would differ somewhat from your peers. But even with those differences, the definitions are bound to reflect the pride and respect one takes in their chosen profession and practice.
The Nurse Professional Excellence Council (NPEC) would like to hear how you would define professionalism. Here are a few definitions that several NPEC members have offered to help get us started:
Professionalism is providing high-quality care with a specialized knowledge base, exhibiting Integrity, morality and mutual respect. - Kristin Ray, RN, BSN, CPN, Assistant Department Director, 5 West
Professionalism is the ability to use expertise nursing skills in understanding and fullfilling a patient's needs while effectively communicating in a pleasant and courteous manner with all coworkers and families. - James J. Bass, RN, BSN, JD, Nurse Manager, Plastic Surgery Clinic
Professionalism to me is demonstration of integrity, grace and honesty. A professional develops goals and works towards them, involving others to attain goals. A professional is someone who can present unpopular information in a positive explanatory manner. - M. Susan Mecklenburg, RN, MHA, Director of Surgical Services.
Professionalism: Conforming to the standards of a profession. In nursing this may mean: acting in a manner that exhibits honesty, accountability, responsibility and equality of all patients. - Paresa Tafreshi, RN, BSN, 6 Henson
Please leave your your definition of professionalism in the comment section below.
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The Healthier Ever After Employee Campaign
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics are very fortunate to be the recipient of many gifts and donations. Our community recognizes our worth and the vital role we play in the health and well being of our most vulnerable citizens. Some donors give cash to be used at our discretion, while others specify which department, service or even equipment that they wish to support. Others give "gifts in kind" which are donations of goods or services free of charge. And some give the simple and valuable gift of time and advocacy. Go to any area, any department and you are likely to see some of those donors. They are here each and every day wearing a Children's Mercy Hospital ID and working by your side.
These employees recognize that the 'Healthier Ever After Employee Campaing' is an opportunity to give beyond the work that they do everyday at Children's Mercy. They have helped build our hospitals and clinics as well as The Lisa Barth Interfaith Chapel. Their donations have supported the purchase of needed equipment, research and Nursing Scholarships. Your donation can support one or more of 15 areas to choose from.
There will be numerous campaign kick-offs where you can get a piece of free pizza and a drink. While you are there you can sign up to make a one-time gift or you can make an ongoing pledge using payroll deduction. Know that the simple pleasure of giving and making a difference isn't the only thing you get. You will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a day of Paid Time Off (PTO) as well as pair of tickets to this year's Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party on Saturday, June 23.
Stop by the Healthier Ever After Employee Campaign Kick-Off closest to you for a free piece of pizza and a refreshing drink:
Children's Mercy Northland on Monday, June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Break Room
Children's Mercy South on Monday, June 4, 2 -3 p.m. in the Jerry Bloom Classroom
Children's Mercy West on Tuesday, June 5, 2 - 3 p.m. in the Conference Room
Children's Mercy Hospital on Wednesday, June 6, 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the William P. Harsh COmmunity Room
Crown Center on Thursday, June 7, 2 - 3 p.m. in the breezewy just outside of 2400 Pershing where the Crown Center employee shuttle picks up
I will repeat what was written last year. It is not important that you gift is large or small. It is just important that you give. By supporting the 'Healthier Ever After Employee Campaign' we support our mission statement and ourselves. That sends a powerful message to others who may be considering a donation but do not work at Children's Mercy. That message is that we are employees who are eager and committed to growing and extending our helping hand beyond its current reach.
Think of the differnce you can make. Call it Karma, Giving Back or Paying It Forward. It doesn't matter. It is appreciated and needed.
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