Covenant, Privilege and Joy - Greater Boston Nursing

Covenant, Privilege and Joy - Greater Boston Nursing

Covenant, Privilege and Joy Carolyn Hayes, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC president/executive director Greater Boston Nursing Collective Objectives Participants will learn about how Nursings ethical foundation establishes a covenant with members of society and shapes our individual and collective world view. Participants will learn about how Nursing is practiced as a privilege and public trust. Participants will learn about the links between their covenant and privilege as means to generate joy in their practice. I know how you will live your dayhow

will you live your professional life? Joy 1 a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety 2 : a state of happiness or felicity : bliss 3 : a source or cause of delight Synonyms beatitude, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, felicity, gladness, happiness Antonyms calamity, ill-being, misery, sadness, unhappiness, wretchedness Nobility (n.) The state of being in ones character, mind, birthright, rank.

Associated with dignity, goodness and courage. The Joy of Nursing: reclaiming our nobility (Adams) Image of Nursing Likely to get either image when searching for nurse. v=gTMuh6AF3A0 Very High High %

Average % Low % Very Low % % Nurses

27 55 16 1 1 Military officers 22 49 24

2 1 Grade school teachers 20 46 27 4 1

Medical doctors 16 49 31 4 * Pharmacists 13 49

32 5 1 Police officers 16 40 32 8

4 Day care providers 8 38 43 5 2 Judges 7

36 41 12 3 Clergy 11 31 41

10 3 Auto mechanics 5 27 53 12 2 Nursing home operators

5 21 48 18 4 Newspaper reporters 5 20

39 21 14 Bankers 4 21 54 16 5

Local officeholders 3 21 53 16 4 TV reporters 5

18 39 23 14 State officeholders 1 18 47 25

8 Lawyers 4 14 53 19 9 Business executives

2 14 54 20 8 Advertising practitioners 2 10 49

26 8 2 9 29 36 24 Moral Accountability

Being answerable to someone for something one has done or for the responsibilities associated with a particular role assumed by the individual. It includes providing an explanation or rationale according to public standards/norms. The standards/norms of moral accountability are specified by codes of ethics and practice standards. Moral Agency The capacity for a person to act morally/ethically on his own (moral) authority. Fry, 1994. Clinical Ethics

Principles Codes of ethics (2015) Professional organization position statements Social Policy Statements Practice Acts Contract versus Covenant What is a Contract? In simple terms, a contract is an oral or written promise that is enforceable by law. It is defined in law as a voluntary agreement between two or more parties, who intend to create legal obligations, in which there is a promise to do or perform some work or service for a valuable consideration or benefit. What is a Covenant? A covenant is defined as an agreement or written promise between two or more parties that constitutes a pledge to do or refrain from doing something. Thus, an

agreement that requires the performance of some act is termed an affirmative covenant while an agreement that restricts or refrains a person from performing something is called a negative covenant. The nature of a covenant may take several forms: it may be a mutual covenant wherein both parties agree to perform something at the same time; it may be a dependent covenant or even an independent covenant. ANA Social Policy Statement Guide to Nursing's Social Policy Statement : Understanding the Profession from Social Contract to Social Covenant Marsha Diane Mary Fowler 5.3 Preservation of Wholeness of Character Nurses have both personal and professional identities that are integrated and that embrace the values of the profession, merging them with personal values. Authentic expression of ones own

moral point of view is a duty to self. Sound ethical decision-making requires the respectful and open exchange of views among all those with relevant interests. Nurses must work to foster a community of moral discourse. As moral agents, nurses are an important part of that community and have a responsibility to express moral perspectives, especially when such perspectives are integral to the situation, whether or not those perspectives are shared by others and whether or not they might prevail. Contemporary Example of Whole-Person Worldview Pat Robertson/ABC news Current Issues If we are to go on living together on this earth,

We must all be responsible for it. Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Examples from practice Time is of the essence, but what is the essence of time? (Karan Varsheni) Why the Art of Nursing? We Are Seven William Wordsworth

Anytime you take strangers agony into your own body, you are changed by it, refined into a vessel better able to give and receive love. Mary Karr, English Professor and author, The Liars Club Vocation - The place where your deep gladness meets the worlds greatest needs. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC If one is lucky, one solitary fantasy can totally transform Maya

Angelou one million realities.

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