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10 Ways To Be A Professional

Have you heard the nurse manager say, “that nurse didn’t act professionally?”  What did that mean?  Isn’t it enough to do your job, and show up on time? What else should you do to be seen as acting professionally?

Professionalism is demonstrated by you providing the care that you would give to your family, or would want to receive yourself.  We all know what it looks like to be seen as “unprofessional,” but how can I display professionalism?  Below are ten ways to be professional:

  1. Have competence – You need to hold the ability to remain calm and confident in moments of high stress, pressure, and critical situations. You need to stay level headed in the day to day bedside actions.  Obtain the skills necessary to provide the best, safest care possible.
  2. Be reliable – Arrive on time, complete your charting on time, administer medication on time, and avoid canceling shifts you have agreed to work.
  3. Honesty – Patients and their families need to know they can trust you. Tell the truth in all situations.
  4. Integrity – Be known for always doing the “right thing.” Don’t give them a reason to think otherwise.
  5. Show respect – Treat all people as if they matter because they do. Your co-worker learns that you respect them when you report on time and complete your work.  Treat them as you want to be treated.
  6. Remain current – seek out ways to update your skills. Healthcare changes daily, stay aware of the new advances within your specialty. 
  7. Be positive – Maintain an upbeat, positive attitude. No one likes a pessimist or a complainer.
  8. Support others – Work as a team. When we work together, we create a sense of synergy. Working as a team, we are much stronger as compared to working alone. Teamwork fosters creativity and learning.  It provides the best results for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and the job satisfaction for the nurse. Working as a team also reduces chances for errors, because there is cross-checking of work and constant communications.  The success of a squad is the sum of all its parts, not just one individual.
  9. Stay work focused – Don’t let your personal life impact your work time. Avoid the gossip mill and the unit drama.  When your contract ends, they will all still be friends.
  10. Listen carefully – Take the time to listen before you speak. Everyone wants to be heard.  Give them a chance to explain their perception.  Listen for the real message, not just the words. 

 Dr. Carolyn Jarvis, APRN, has said: “The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” (as cited in Bradshaw, 2011); I agree.  Having integrity in the work that you do and the relationships that you build is imperative in all aspects of life.  Honor the profession you have chosen – Act Professionally. 

Reference Bradshaw, A. (2011, May 13). Compassion: What history teaches us.   Retrieved from https://www.nursingtimes. net/roles/nurse-educators/compassion-what-historyteaches:.us/5029818.article


LWCC recognizes Advantage Medical Professionals as a 2018 recipient of LWCC’s Safest 70 Award

Caption: Joe Spitale, President & CEO of Advantage Medical Professionals, LLC, accepts the LWCC 2018 Safest 70 Award.Pictured from left to right are: Parke Ellis (GEB), Dawn Bahm (LWCC), and Joe Spitale (Advantage Medical Professionals).

Each year, the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (LWCC) evaluates the safety performance of its 20,000 plus policyholders across the state of Louisiana and recognizes the top companies for their outstanding safety programs. These “Safest 70” have demonstrated exemplary safety practices and a real dedication to workplace safety. LWCC recognizes Advantage Medical Professionals as a 2018 recipient of LWCC’s Safest 70 Award. With this designation, it makes it the sixth time Advantage has received this recognition in the award’s existence.


LWCC acknowledges the Safest 70 policyholders for their efforts in providing their employees with a safe work environment and helping to prevent on-the-job injuries. These policyholders have distinguished themselves as leaders in regards to employee safety within their industry and Louisiana. 


“It is a privilege to have LWCC recognize Advantage Medical Professionals as a recipient of this significant award for the sixth time,” said Joe Spitale, President & CEO of Advantage Medical Professionals. “To be honored numerous times highlights Advantage’s continuous dedication to providing its employees with a culture of workplace safety.”


LWCC is the largest workers’ compensation carrier in Louisiana. The Safest 70 Award recognizes excellence, outstanding performance, and commitment to workplace safety, and is based on the effectiveness of safety efforts in preventing injuries and controlling costs. The award recognizes Advantage’s contribution to achieving a higher standard and maintaining a consistent workplace safety history.


la COMPACT state

The Compact is Coming to Louisiana!

Louisiana is the 31st state in the nation to enact the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC increases access to care, protects patient safety, and reduces costs while supporting state-of-the-art health care delivery. The NLC has been streamlining the licensure process since it was first launched in 1999. The NLC is ideal for travel nurses, and saves nurses who want to take a job in another state the hassle of going through the process of obtaining a separate license.

Currently, all Louisiana licensed nurses hold “single state” licenses. This provides you the authority to practice in the state of Louisiana.  Thanks to the Louisiana legislature agreeing to the nurse licensure compact effective July 1, 2019, all Licensed Practical Nurses, and Registered Nurses who reside in Louisiana and plan to practice in another compact state can convert to a compact license which allows you to practice in multiple states.

 FYI – this does not apply to APRN licenses (sorry guys your time will come).

Highlights regarding a Louisiana Compact License:
  1. You must reside in the state of Louisiana
  2. You must hold an active, unencumbered Louisiana Nursing License
  3. Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
  4. Must not have been convicted or entered into an agreed disposition of a misdemeanor offense related to the nursing practice as determined by the board
  5. Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
  6. The multistate license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
  7. If your residency moves from one state to another, you must apply for a new primary state of residency license. To see a map of the states in the compact see


  1. You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
  2. Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
  3. Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
  4. Your renewal requirements for renewal remain unchanged and unaffected by the conversion application

As a final portion of the state becoming part of the compact, every employer is required to register each nurse into the Nurssys system (www.nursys.com).  This process will guarantee immediate notification to all employers of any board action taken in any state. If a board action occurs, your license will automatically convert back to a single state license.

For more information on the NLC visit:






Why Join Your Nursing Organization?

In this month’s Clinician’s Corner, Director of Nursing Angela Totora, MBA/HA, RN, discusses why nurses should join a professional nursing association.

Membership contributes to the promotion, protection, and advancement of the profession. We strengthen our collective voice through membership.