Kim Coppin-Douglas(RN)

As a professional nurse I uphold a number of ethical values in my everyday life as a practical nurse. My ethical values can be seen, in my professional relationships, as I practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. By promoting, advocating for, and striving to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient also by being responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determining the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care and collaborating with the other health professional and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs. My ethical values entails, ensuring that I participate in the advancement of my profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development, in addition to my participation in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality healthcare and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective actions.

My belief and values as a professional nurse lies adjacent to my fullest commitment and oat as a registered nurse of the State of New York City. I believe a nurse is a true professional who shows compassion and commitment to her patients. I embrace confidentiality and veracity. The truth must be told at all times while it remains confidential. I value highly and consider the cultural character of each individual patient. I see no cultural boundary while I remain free of cultural biasness. I strive to obtain a culturally competent state of mind in the process of exhibiting my commitment to health by attempting to foster harmony in the physical, emotional, sociocultural and spiritual environment of my patients.  I am of the strong belief that a caring attitude is not transmitted from generation to generation rather it is transmitted by the culture of the profession. It is therefore very important that nurses become culturally aware of the surroundings.

I support the notion, that each patient and each situation is unique in its own sense. One should never assume we should always assess the situations and find out the facts before passing judgment. I am a true advocate of nurses’ involvement in continued education as they strive to remain in touch with evidence-based practice and innovative technology as we move into the 21st century.