One of the most notable nursing figures in history is Clara Barton, one of the nurses operating during the civil war. Clara played an integral role in the health of President Lincoln’s health and was an instrumental player in the formation of the American Red Cross. The selflessness which she displayed
In nursing, regulatory bodies have the responsibility to ensure that all medical practitioners follow the right ethical procedures when dealing with patients or any other aspect of their practice. Important aspects such as privacy, information and uncertainty in illnesses are important factors for patients who require prudence and confidentiality when necessary (Thyer, 2003).
On the other hand, professional nursing organizations are obligated to ensuring that the welfare of nurses is well taken care of and in the process acting as an umbrella body for the practitioners. Some organizations offer memberships to clubs and also insurance covers for practitioners such as medical or transport in the American Medical Association Guide.
According to American Nurses Association (ANA), the second provision states that ‘nurses promote, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of their patient. This quotation means that it is not only in the patients’ health that nurses are obligated to, in addition to it being “rights” of the patients which in this case are legally provided for (Krantz & Gilmore, 2000).
One of the most notable nursing figures in history is Clara Barton, one of the nurses operating during the civil war. Clara played an integral role in the health of President Lincoln’s health and was an instrumental player in the formation of the American Red Cross. The selflessness which she displayed during that time led to her being nicknamed “the angel of battlefield”. During the formation of the American Red cross, the nurse was playing an important role of helping the International Red cross at the Franco-Prussian war. Her real name was Clarrisa Harlowe Barton but she preferred the name Clara Barton more. It is very important for the whole nursing fraternity and even any humanitarian organization in the United States to realize that the nurse made the American Red cross which is much respected today for its humanitarian activities. (Boykin & Schoenhofer, 2001). Therefore, nurses should apply principles of beneficence and respect for autonomy, following the recognitions suggested in the American Medical Association.
Boykin, A., & Schoenhofer, S. (2001). The role of nursing leadership in creating caring environments in health care delivery systems. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 25(3), 1-7.
Krantz, J., & Gilmore, T. N. (2000). The splitting of leadership and management as a social defense. Human Relations, 43(2), 183-204.
Thyer, G. L. (2003). Dare to be different: transformational leadership may hold the key to reducing the nursing shortage. Journal of Nursing Management, 11(2), 73-79
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