Nursing

Blog spotlight: Managers' role in promoting a professional image

Nurse Leader Insider, August 17, 2009

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We all try to shape up our physical appearance at one time or another. Or we may make an internal change in our personal attitude that eventually reflects on the outside with a positive change in body language or tone of voice.

Our actions—or lack of action—appearance, voice inflection, and ability to convey empathy and concern all play a role in our image. There are four categories we can focus on when considering an image makeover:

  1. Professional work environment and interactions
  2. Appearance
  3. Collegiality/team member role
  4. Professional accountabilities

Nurses in various areas of the profession—nursing departments, nursing individuals at all levels and practice, nurse faculty, and nursing students—can select a category and develop a program that reshapes their image at the individual or group level.

For instance, when making changes to professional work environment and interactions, remember:

  • Do not carry on a discussion in the nurses’ station that you would not want others to hear
  • Respect the equipment you work with and handle it as if you paid for it out of your own paycheck
  • Support other nurses who are being approached unprofessionally

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