POWER AND IMAGE OF NURSING 4
Powerand Image of Nursing
Powerin nursing can be conveyed through words, behavior, or reputation.The aim of these natures results in identifying whether theindividual nurse is in power. By relating perception of such a nursewith my view of myself as a nurse leader and the image associatedwith nurse leadership, this paper presents different types andassociated sources of power as well as strategies for increasingnursing powerbase.
Anurse in my mind whose words, behavior, or reputation convey power isa particular nurse who worked in Meridian Hospital where I undertookinternship in 2000. That was her tenth year as a nurse. She wasalways well groomed and neatly dressed and undertook her duties withdiligence. Her name was Mercy Warren.
Mercy,if not always, would be in most cases be the first nurse to report towork. She was always neatly groomed in her white stainless dress.Nurses always have to be neatly and smartly dressed all the time andundertake duties with professionalism (Dennis & Prescott, 2011).She also cared for patients with great care and concern as a nurse inpower would as (Patricia, 2013) proposes. Despite that I did not haveany information about her, I could observe the confidence andinfluence she had in the hospital. She still did not tolerate idletalk at the hospital and she did not shy off from telling off new andold nurses who engaged in such. Many of the times, these nurses feltthat Mercy was being bossy and I at times felt the same. However,Mercy was only helping these nurses understand their roles andappreciate their roles and nursing as a profession. What remainsfound in my memories is the way Mercy was welcoming and supportive tonot only me but all new nurses as (Milisa, 2011) proposes.
Mercyobserved policies and all procedures of Meridian hospital with greatkeenness. Almost everybody asked for assistance from her anytime theywere not sure of a certain policy or procedure. A nurse in powershould understand the hospital policies and should be willing to helpthe other nurses understand them (Chandler, 2012). Mercy was alwaysready and willing to support nurses without any prejudice. Mercy wasa source of inspiration and as I continue with my nursing career, Idesire to be observed as a professional who cares equally to thepatients and other nurses around me.
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