Since last ten years, it has been observed that there have been major alterations in the images of the nurses. Media has been largely responsible in creating a somewhat derogatory image (Andrew, 2012).
The main objective of the paper is to identify how nursing as a profession challenges the professional identity of an individual. The study will also aim at identifying the values of modern nursing along with the social, cultural and political factors impacting the profession. It will also highlight upon the impact of professional regulations and the role of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the protection of the public.
In the nineteenth century, nursing was not considered as an identifiable as well as self-conscious occupation. Until the year 1923, one was free to describe him/her-self as a nurse. A sick person was generally provided care at home by the members of the family or he/she was assisted by one or two paid workers. Nursing was regarded as a duty which was an extended part of a woman’s domestic roles (Mortimer, 2005).
Florence Nightingale, who is regarded as the creator of contemporary nursing, mentioned the fact that the duty of the nurse is to put a patient in the best possible condition where nature would be responsible or capable to cure the patient. In the present times, the nurses are trained to work in the variable internal as well as the external contexts in order to reinstate individuals, communities as well as families to their full potentials for gaining wellness. Nursing essentially involves providing care to the vulnerable, needy and weak patients. However, the works of the nurses are often taken for granted and thus they go under-compensated (Stockwell, 2010).
The value of nursing is often impacted by cultural alterations and factors associated with globalisation, progresses made in the fields of technology as well as medicine (Braxter & Bramfitt, 2008). These factors are crucial in ...Show more