Professionalism in Healthcare
Short Description: In most industries, an individual’s professionalism is measured by the extent to which they are trustworthy, reliable and can be counted on to follow through on their commitments. More than that however, professionalism in today’s workplace requires an element of self-confidence, self-motivation and the overall understanding and adherence to the norms and expectations of professional environments on the whole. In the healthcare setting, however, the qualities that constitute professionalism are even more important and require additional considerations over and above typical work environments. Healthcare providers require emotionally mature people to manage and operate their practice and demand that their staff behave professionally at all times. Moreover, an individual’s commitment to professionalism will command the respect and credibility required for success in a healthcare career.
Given the inherent nature and seriousness of the healthcare industry, it is expected that healthcare professionals maintain the utmost integrity and professionalism in dealing with patients, properly maintaining privacy standards and convey information to patients/clients in a way that is not only professional, but compassionate, understanding and, above all, informative. Healthcare professionals communicate important and complex information not only to fellow staff but to patients as well on a daily basis and must take into account the serious nature of the work they do and its effect on individual patients, families and other stakeholders. The Professionalism in Healthcare course provides students with a primer on professionalism in this unique industry. The course will address various elements inherent in professionalism to ensure students are ready to enter the professional workplace including etiquette, image, manners, communication (verbal, non-verbal and written), professional relationships, responsibility and accountability, respectfulness, privacy considerations and requirements as well as empathy, compassion and emotional maturity specific to the healthcare setting.
Instructor Description: This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors review student work, student progress, and interact with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.