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Professional socialization socialization is the process of learning roles values attitudes and norms of a profession Blais Hayes 2011 The socialization process of nursing begins before nursing school and continues through nursing careers There is no specific pattern to this process it sometimes moves forward and sometimes backwards and its progress and activities are irregular and unpredictable Howkins Ewin 1999 Although experiences of socialization are not always positive and influential it is a part of growth and development throughout nursing careers My socialization of nursing began before nursing school expanded through nursing school and clinical and continues in my current profession as a nurse Many people think that the positive aspects of socialization form the character of profession however negative experiences of role transitions and adaptations provide an opportunity for growth and development into an ideal nurse Why do you want to be a nurse Every nurse has been asked that question I am different from most nurses because I did not have any immediate nurse relatives to look up to or inspire me However my grandparents worked as foster parents for the local childrens home and their caring loving ways inspired my want to care and help people My first job was as a lifeguard second job was at a daycare so I guess I could say I have always been a caring helpful person The enjoyment I encountered while working these jobs meant that I enjoyed helping people With my caring character I chose to pursue nursing as my professionThis is when my socialization of nursing expanded in both positive and negative waysBeginning nursing school was an intense and challenging time of my life The transition from student to registered nurse is when development of intellectual and professional skills occurs Duchscher 2009 Nursing students encounter faculty colleagues patients and other health care professionals that are a factor in the socialization process Blais 2011 One of my nursing instructors always reminded us
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