DOES SPECIFIC EDUCATION GUARANTEE THAT A NURSE IS COMPETENT IN NURSING?

Ethics, Standards, and Implementation

Codes of ethics and standards for professional nursing practice have been developed by some professional nursing organizations. These codes and standards guide us in our practice and our interactions with consumers, other nurses, and other healthcare professions. Select at least one of the ethical standards or one of the standards of practice and tell us how you implement this in your current practice or how you will implement it in your future practice. Which standard is most challenging to you, and why?

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I agree that Quality of Care (competence) is a very important standard. However, it must be an internal value of the nurse. For example, many states require continuing education to maintain a nursing license. In many states, the nurse must have a specified number of continuing education to renew a license (Hood, 2014). It is an interesting topic which likely has complex answers. Does specific education guarantee that a nurse is competent in nursing? Does this education improve a nurse’s practice and competence?

~Ruth

Reference:

Hood, L.J. (2014). Leddy & Pepper’s Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing (8th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/LippincottWilliams & Wilkins.

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