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Reflection Paper

Nonato Mabborang

Saint Paul University Philippines

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Today. From their role in healthcare to their salaries. today’s nurse is dramatically different from the stereotypical image most of us have about nurses. can be understood and interpreted not only by nursing's contemporary context but also by its past. The transformation that the nursing profession has undergone in the past few years has been absolutely fascinating. 2 . Comparatively speaking. nursing today is nothing like it was even just 25 years ago. The nursing environment today is more dynamic and more stimulating than ever before. nurses are one of the most important professions within the health care industry and are learned in a wide range of occupational duties that are utilized within a variety of settings throughout the world. nurses are healthcare professionals and leaders in their own right with ample opportunities for prominent leadership roles and further development in any healthcare setting. Nursing profession has very much been around since the beginning of time. job demands and even the uniforms. Changes and trends in nursing now. though has drastically evolved over the course of history. Nurses are no longer thought of as little more than just a physician’s assistant or helper. Today.Running head: REFLECTION PAPER Sometimes the significance of today will not be truly apparent unless seen against the backdrop of yesterday.

They take on many more responsibilities than they ever have before and are seen as respected medical professionals because of their extensive schooling and real world application of skill. the nursing perception began to change. The change in responsibilities for nurses stem from a few changes in the field. When training for nurses became more extensive and required schooling.Running head: REFLECTION PAPER Nursing responsibilities used to read a lot like a household chore list. The view of women when nursing started was that they were subservient caretakers. The medical world is always changing and growing. but rather as their own professional with the medical knowledge to back it up. With the growing amount of patients in our hospitals it’s important that our nurses know how to handle medical emergencies without asking a physician for aid. Now the role of the nurse is not easy to define for many medical professionals. Once women started to become more respected and allowed to enter the workforce. This allowed physicians to concentrate on higher levels of education themselves and nurses were allowed more decision making for their patients. changing views of women. the education system started teaching nurses tasks that were originally reserved for physicians. and it’s come a long way since. Nurses are not seen as a doctor’s assistant. 3 . including more comprehensive training. and have more responsibilities in the medical industry. obtain nursing degrees. and the need for medical professionals growing quickly. and the nursing world wasn’t exactly seen as a prestigious career because of it. so that is what our educators are focusing on. which opens up a need for personnel in many hospitals constantly.

and nursing salaries are rising due. Technological advancements have changed almost every industry in the US and the medical field is no different. nursing is about education and health care knowledge. and dealt with nursing shortages leading to unfavorable nurse to patient ratios. The culture for patient care used to be a very demoralizing experience for many patients where medical professionals weren’t as concerned for their dignity or enduring painful medical procedures.Running head: REFLECTION PAPER In terms of culture. nurses were badly needed but many women were starting to shy away from the profession because they weren’t seen as professionals. nursing in the early 20th century was known as being mostly female with a rudimentary amount of medical knowledge. Nursing is still seen as an extremely cumbersome job to have with nurses working very long hours. The advancements in technology have created an environment that makes patient care more efficient and helpful for the patient. When nurses started to be revered as heroes in order to help raise the nursing numbers the numbers started to rise a little. There was a focus on being presentable. and were unable to keep up financially. and having little time for their personal lives that doesn’t involve sleeping. They have historically suffered from back pain. and created a better experience for patients. In World War II. and acting as the obedient wife to every patient. acting respectfully. in part. this culture has changed a lot. made certain jobs easier for nurses. high stress levels. Today. 4 . This has helped save more lives. to the nursing shortage caused by retiring baby boomers. endured demanding work schedules. standing on their feet for most of their day. has diversified the gender norm. Patient care is now an extremely important factor in the medical field for all medical professionals. Some nursing culture hasn’t changed a ton comparatively.

nursing culture. gives relief to the patient and their families. The changes in training. help. admit patients. We 5 . the advances made have helped the nursing field to go from being one that isn’t revered as being one that deserves respect. teach. patient care has become the number one priority for medical professionals and has flourished in recent years with nurses on the front lines of patient care. it has proven its ability to adapt to the culture around it. support. Our very presence. heal and comfort in death. Historically. For nurses and patients alike. compassion. We are with them all day and see changes when they happen. smile. and patient care have saved countless lives and helped it become the respected field that it is today. growing responsibilities. and nod off to sleep after receiving their pain medicine has always been rewarding. share their concerns. Decreasing a patient’s fears by promising to stay with them until they go to sleep has always been rewarding. Seeing a suffering patient relax. health care setting. Many technical changes may have taken place over my career in nursing began. and action is vital to our patients’ care. It gives nurses feelings of pride that we can provide some support for them.Running head: REFLECTION PAPER Luckily. The nursing profession has come leaps and bounds and continues to be a growing field. get lab results and notify the doctors. Watching a paralyzed patient progress from depression and frustration to enthusiasm and independence again has always been a pleasure beyond words! Comforting a dying patient after a long illness. knowledge. But there are many things that have not changed. Nurses touch. though sad.

responses to the pain or suffering of others. Nurses have not changed that much in their innate compassion. (2010). They still give a good night hug to a child or elderly patient or even a kiss on the cheek to someone lonesome. They still spend time with patients when they really don’t have the time to. Nursing has grown and changed in some ways. DC: The National Academies Press 6 . I have found the emotional and physical strength of nurses to be amazing.Running head: REFLECTION PAPER forge relationships quickly with total strangers and gain their trust. The future of nursing: Leading change. which is a miraculous feat in itself both then and now. advancing health. They still weep with families. Sources:  Institute of Medicine. But the basic people skills we have may be the most important unchanged healing offering we have to give.Washington. There have been many changes in nursing over 38 years.

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