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Adopting professional values

Jane Redfern Jones explains the importance of streamlining our attitudes to those of our workplace
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Jane Redfern Jones explains the importance of streamlining our attitudes to those of our workplace.

Nurses often care for vulnerable people and those who may have a lifestyle that society considers unconventional or unacceptable. To meet the needs of our patients, we should be aware of our own values, beliefs and attitudes, and not impose them on patients. We need to adopt the professional values of our workplace.

To help define your values, consider the activities and experiences that make you feel engaged and connected. Is caring for people something you wanted to do? Think back to times you have felt truly inspired.

If you can define your values and discover what is most important to you, then you can identify the area of nursing best suited to you.

Nursing workplace values have been summed up by England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings, who drew up

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