What do you think about the current image of nursing?
Studies conducted by scholars in the field of professional nursing
have shown evidence of the public’s lousy image of nurses (Cruickshank,
Paliadelis, Gazula & McAllister, 2018). In many reports, people
admit to perceiving nurses are inferior to other medical professionals
such as general practitioners, surgeons, and even dentists (Cruickshank,
Paliadelis, Gazula & McAllister, 2018). Thus, many people view a
nurse as a second-class professional as compared to a doctor.
Among members of the society, nursing as a profession is considered
weaker compared to medicine (Masters, 2018). News of striking nurses
from many countries around the world have painted an even fainter
picture of the profession because students are scared of choosing a
course that doesn’t pay when joining university (Cruickshank,
Paliadelis, Gazula & McAllister, 2018).
Thus, people view nurses as underpaid professional, and therefore not
many people grow up aspiring to become a nurse in the future. However,
there is a paradigm shift where communities are embracing the nursing
profession and getting to appreciate and respect nurses. This paradigm
shift has come along with increased personalized care and home
What factors facilitate professional role development in Nursing?
Several factors facilitate professional role development in nursing.
These include better continued learning programs in many hospitals, a
significant increase in the number of nurses offering at-home care
services, increased nursing certification measures by state and Federal
governments, and graduate trainee programs by many healthcare
institutions (Gunn et al., 2019).
Increased use of modern technologies is also playing a part in
facilitating professional role development in nursing by requiring
licensed nurses to get continuous training and learning of the new
inventions in healthcare (Gunn et al., 2019). A combination of these
factors reflects a bright future of the nursing profession.
Artificial intelligence, telehealth, robotics and 3D-printing in
medicine are some of the cornerstone technologies shaping the future of
nursing. These technologies will allow nurses to personalize healthcare
services for each client. This personalization will in turn lead to
increased quality of healthcare services, reduction in hospitalization
costs and reduced medication errors (Gunn et al., 2019). The end results
will be a drastic increase in the overall quality of healthcare
services by professional nurses.