The professionalism of any individual is vital for theirimage and the impression they give to others. However, for healthcare workers,professionalism is even more vital as it is fundamental in the trust and faithof patients. Professional behaviour can be defined as the manner in which someonein a job or position of work conducts themselves not only at work but also whenin public. A large aspect of maintaining professionalism is the image of the individualthat is conveyed to the patient. Health care workers are not only responsible for a patient’shealth and safety whilst in their care but also with keeping their detailsconfidential. Patient confidentiality is fundamental for health care workersand is a huge factor in gaining a patient’s trust. Through maintaining thisconfidentiality, the health care worker is able to demonstrate their respect tothe patient and hence will gain the patient’s trust when it comes to makingdecisions on treatment plans. Anexample of good professionalism is when I recently attended the dental clinicfor a check-up.
The dentist was punctual and was dressed smartly in a suit withtheir protective apron on top. They As previously stated, professionalism needs to be upheld notjust within the work place but also in the view of the public. This includesthe digital actions such as social media pages and posts. Inappropriate poststhat are posted (e.g. with an anti-somatic ideology) will portray a negativeimage of not only that individual but the entire clinic/role that they work at.
In a dental environment, this could lead to patients no longer having trust inthe clinics which they usually attend and could eventually lead to a total breakdownin the relationship between the patient and dentist. Digital professionalismalso includes images that are posted by health care workers. This can includepictures showing inappropriate alcohol usage, which then may be seen bypatients and conveys a negative image of all dentists. Patient’s visit their dentists and put their medical healthin the hands of another individual