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Criteria of Nursing as a Profession
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Criteria of nursing as a profession Name: Institution: Abstract Bixler and Bixler (1945) provide a criterion which can be used to differentiate a profession from occupation. Some elements include availability of specialized knowledge, service to community over personal gains and autonomy of practice.
According to the criteria, a profession is determined by the existence of a specialized body of knowledge, increase in the body of knowledge in the particular field, and need of developing new knowledge to improve education and professional practice (Ellis & Hartley, 2004). Accordingly, the professional practice should be autonomous while education and learning should take place in higher institutions. Service to the community is more important than personal or monetary gains from the professional practice. The final guideline of determining a profession according to Bixler and Bixler (1945) is that compensation comes through the freedom to act, ongoing professional growth and economic security (Ellis & Hartley, 2004). From the above criteria, nursing is a profession. Nursing is one of the most respected professions in the world since it focuses on the health care of individuals, communities and families in ensuring all individuals attain quality life. According to American Nurses Association, all nurses are expected while in professional practice to protect and promote quality health care while preventing injuries and alleviating patient suffering through diagnosis and treatment of patients (Ellis & Hartley, 2004). ...
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