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Professionalism 101

In this 4-part series on professionalism, leaders at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, present a tiered approach to promoting professionalism in healthcare settings. Learn how to intervene when unprofessional behavior occurs and provide opportunities for self-directed, non-punitive change to prevent patterns from developing.

Nurses’ essential role in supporting professionalism

Key takeaways - Most nurses behave professionally and ethically. - A tiered approach to intervention when unprofessional behavior occurs offers the opportunity for self-directed, nonpunitive change that prevents a pattern of behavior. - Proper intervention training helps...

Promoting professionalism by sharing a cup of coffee

This is the second in a series of articles on promoting professionalism. You can read the first article Nurses’ essential role in supporting professionalism. Consider this scencario: After a particularly busy shift in the intensive...

Promoting professionalism through awareness

This is the third in a series of articles on promoting professionalism. Consider this scenario: Over the past 28 months, clinical colleagues have reported the following about your nursing colleague Pat*: • She went to...

Promoting professionalism through authority guided intervention

Consider this scenario: Over the past 12 months, Pat, an RN, has participated in two Awareness conversations with a peer member of the Professionalism Committee, but reports about unsafe and disrespectful behavior continue, including:...