Problems of Professionalism
A healthcare provider is a person who is operating in a professional role. The health and wellness of the provider is directly linked to his/her ability to be professionally effective – able to assimilate complex information and make decisions, while maintaining sensitivity and awareness to interpersonal and business factors. Hence, a provider’s professionalism is the source of healthcare service delivery.
Addressing problems of professionalism has become a matter of increased focus and concern in healthcare, specifically concerning acute, high liability areas involving the conduct and impairment of providers. Television series’ House and Nurse Jackie show us that there are other professionals like them out there working in the healthcare system suffering difficulties which put them, their patients, and organizations at a very high risk. They teach us that there is generally more to their problems than what is presented or what “meets the eye” – that their problems have not surfaced overnight, but have developed over the course of time. Even the most severe issues, involving addiction, mental health, or disruptive behavior have many contributing factors at play – both triggering the problem and keeping it active. Therefore it is important that risk factors be identified so that steps toward prevention and intervention may be taken with minimal negative fallout. Read More