Professional Roles and Values

Professional Roles and Values

Explain the functional differences between regulatory agency board of nursing and AORN discuss two examples from code of ethics influence practice in the OR discuss four professional traits from code of ethics I bring to OR. Identify nursing theory and historical nursing figure influence my practice discuss two situations I have safeguarded patients using respect for autonomy justice beneficience nonmalefficisnce

Course Level College
Subject Area Nursing
Paper Type  Research Paper
Number of Pages 3 (825 words)
Sources 7
Paper Format APA
Spacing Double Spaced



Regulatory Agency Board versus AORN
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Regulatory Agency Board versus AORN

Regulatory board agencies are government agencies that are entrusted with the responsibility of regulating the nursing practice across the U.S. The main objective of these [blur] boards is to protect the public from malpractice or substandard services by ensuring that nurses are competent in their practice and that they meet the set standards (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 2010). The board has powers to administer licenses, develop nursing standards, accredit or approve educational programs, and develop administrative rules and nursing policies.
On the other hand, the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is an association of nurses that represents over forty thousand nurses. The aim of this organization is to advocate for the rights of nurses while in their course of duty. The membership of AORN is open to all registered nurses in the U.S. and even covers perioperative nurses working in nursing-related businesses. It therefore follows that there is a significant difference between the regulatory boards and AORN. The most significant of these is that the boards are constituted to make sure [/blur] that the nurses adhere to their working ethics while on the other hand, AORN is meant to address concerns of the nurses and advocate for their rights as professionals in the healthcare industry.

One example where the code of ethics may influence practice is a case when a patient is terminally ill but their religion and culture does not allow them to undergo formal [blur] treatment. As per the nursing ethics, it is the role of the nurse to ensure that such people get treatment regardless of the culture. Another example is when a nurse finds an injured or sick immigrant. Even though the person may be inside the country illegally, it is the role of the nurse as per the code [/blur]of conduct to ensure that such people get the necessary healthcare before taking the next step.

Examples from the Code of Ethics

According to the nursing code of ethics, a nurse should participate in the advancement of the profession through reasonable contribution to practice, education, administration, and [blur]knowledge development. A good example of contribution to knowledge development is when a registered nurse takes time to pass important knowledge about a certain disease to the patient and the family members so they may help in the management without seeking frequent interventions from health facilities. Secondly, provision 8 of the nursing code of ethics requires the nurses to collaborate with the public and other health professionals to meet the community, national and international efforts to meet health needs. By simply going to work and performing their duties amicably and diligently, it is [/blur] arguable that nurses already adhere to this provision of the code of conduct.

Professional Traits

A registered nurse adhering to the ANA code of conduct is capable of delivering a professional service. Among the professional traits expected from an RN include compassion, [blur]respect, responsibility, and accountability. In fact, the first provision requires nurses to maintain respect and compassion in all their professional relationships. This is supposed to honor the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual patient. The third provision of code of ethics requires nurses to protect [/blur] the health safety and rights of every patience. This is a requirement that professional nurses should be committed to their patients.

Nursing Theory

One theory that is influential to nursing practice is the Florence Nightingales environmental [blur] theory. Using this theory, Nightingale, considered pioneer if modern scientific nursing, argues that nurses should learn to utilize the natural environment to assist patients in their recovery. According to the theory, environmental factors like fresh air, effective drainage, pure water, [/blur]cleanliness, and light, should be used to improve a patient’s well-being and hasten the recovery process.


Personally, Florence Nightingale is one of the historical figures that I look up to in my [blur] career as a nurse. Also known as “the lady with the lamp” Nightingale has taught me the importance of incorporating nature to practice. With proper utilization of the environmental factors, [/blur] nursing is easier, more enjoyable, and more efficient towards the recovery of the patient.


At one time, I received a patient who appears to have been a case of domestic violence. The woman had been experiencing abuse from her husband but was reluctant to report him to the relevant [blur] authorities because she feared for her life. However, in a quest for justice, I called the police discreetly and handed them a report I had compiled together with the patient’s medical examination leading to the arrest of the abusive husband. Personally, I felt that justice had been gained.
In a separate incidence, I was involved in the rehabilitation of an accident victim and was doing very well judging from the patient’s medical progress. However, the family members felt that I was not doing enough to help the patient’s recovery. Their wish was that the patient be assigned to a different [/blur] nurse within the facility. I obliged without making a fuss out of it, as a show of respect for autonomy.

Association of Operating Room Nurses. (2012). AORN online: The association of [blur] perioperative registered nurses. Denver, Colo: AORN.
Montana State Board of Nursing. (2007). Chapter 12 nursing regulation of practice: Rules and regulations. Helena, Mont: The board.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (U.S.). (2010). Journal of nursing regulation. Chicago, IL: National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Perioperative nursing clinics: An official publication of the Association of [/blur] PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN, Inc). (2006). Amsterdam: Elsevier.


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