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Professionalism An AARC Guide to Professionalism
Definitions Profession –A vocation or occupation requiring special, usually advanced, education, knowledge, and skill Professional –One engaged in one of the learned professions or in an occupation requiring a high level of training and proficiency Source: (Black’s Law Dictionary 6th ed)
Professionalism This presentation is intended to provide insights into what it means to be a professional. Part of being a professional is to: –1. serve the needs of society. –2. understand the characteristics of professionalism. –3. behave in a professional manner. –4. enhance and promote professional image.
A Higher Standard Professionals are held to a higher standard of behavior. The public expects them to: –Make sound decisions –Function as leaders –Put patients first –Commit to the profession
Societal Expectations Professional credentials –License, certification or registry required to practice. Professional code of ethics Established standards of practice Maintenance of knowledge and skills –Life long commitment to learning Peer review process Commitment to research and publication
Patient Expectations Personal integrity Confidentiality Appreciation for diversity Commitment to the profession Strong work ethic Exercise sound judgment
Citizenship Philanthropic endeavors –provide service to the community and society at large Civic responsibilities –fulfill our civic responsibilities as a voter, tax payer, and public policy shaper.
General education Psychomotor and cognitive skills Interpersonal skills Teaching and administrative skills Research skills Professional Education Knowledge and Skills
Continued self-improvement Continued professional development Continuing education Research Professional Education Lifelong Learning
Professional Image Conservative apparel Grooming –Hair –Nails –Hygiene Subtle use of jewelry Appearance
Professional Image Light, natural use of makeup Limit use of personal phones and beepers Verbal and non-verbal communication “in sync” and presenting appropriate message Appearance
Professional Image Positive attitude Mature behavior Proper etiquette Dependability Accepting of responsibility Attitudes and Behaviors
Professional Image Thorough and timely completion of tasks Communication skills –Personal –Utilizing Technology Professional competence Attitudes and Behaviors
Professional Image A professional attitude and behavior does not preclude warm, friendly interaction. Caring behaviors are appropriate and expected. Physical and emotional limits should be maintained in the patient/professional relationship. Attitudes and Behaviors
AARC Professional Advocacy Professional Resources Professional Network Setting standards for the profession
AARC Publications Role Model Statement For Respiratory Care Statement Of Ethics And Professional Conduct For Respiratory Care Position Statement On Diversity
AARC Helping members grow and develop in the practice of respiratory care.