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Some dictionaries define professionalism as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.
So what is a professional? Again, according to some dictionaries, a professional is characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession; exhibiting courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace.
As a student nurse, your workplace can be several different areas: the classroom, the Simulation Center, the hospital or nursing home, etc. Whenever and wherever you wear the nursing school uniform or name badge, you are representing TTUHSC. Your behavior and conduct not only reflect the school, but also the nursing profession as a whole. You all know what professional behavior is when you are in the public eye. Are you aware that professionalism also extends to the classroom/academic setting?
You behavior in the classroom reflects your basic understanding of the definition of a professional. The following is a list of suggestions regarding expected classroom behaviors that reflect professional decorum:
Please refer to the TTUHSC Student Handbook, Part II, Code of Professional and Academic Conduct (“Student Code”) Section D, for a detailed description of professional conduct
Please refer also to the School of Nursing Student Handbook