School of Nursing

Practicum Behaviors

Behaviors Implying the Presence/Absence of Professional Values

Value: Placing the Patient's Welfare First

Is accessible and prompt in answering patient's requests

Unreliable in completion of tasks

Priority of activities reflects the patient's needs

Elicits hostility from patients and others

Explains treatments and procedures; keeps patient's well being in mind

Elicits hostility from patients and others

Is responsive and reliable when needs are identified by patients or staff

approach is "who is right" not "what is right"

Calls and makes appropriate arrangements if unable to be on time or present for clinical

Fails to make appropriate arrangements if unable to be on time or present for clinical

Value: Committments to Nursing and Nursing Poilicies

Present and willing to learn; complies voluntarily with rules an policies of the nursing department

Chronically tardy and absent

Demonstrates enthusiasm for clinical; appears to enjoy nursing

Passes off assignments or tasks to others when possible

Looks and acts in a professional manner, i.e., neat and clean; behaves in a professional way


Pleasant to staff, peers and patients

Chronic malcontent

Gives appropriate information to others

Gives inappropriate information to others

Completes charts and records

Chronically deficient on upkeep of charts and records


Feels existent policies are irrelevant, unimportant and nonobligatory

Value: Cooperativity

Able to disagree diplomatically

Argumentative, stubborn

Knows when to stop arguing and start helping

Sullen or arrogant with peer, staff patients

Takes criticism constructively

Noncommunicative with staff

Deals with stress and frustrations without taking it out on others

Passive-aggressive behaviors when dissatisfied

Value: Intellectual and Personal Integrity

Readily admits mistakes and oversights

Lies or fabricates data when needed to cover up mistakes and oversights

Forthright with peers and staff


Observes safe technique even when not being suprevised

Fails to use safe techniques when not being supervised

Accepts responsibility for errors and tries to take appropriate corrective action

Blames others for own shortcomings

Selects appropriate response to patients even if preferring to focus on something else

Sneaks away or does not show up

Does own work and does not represent anyone else's work as being original

Represents works of others as being original

Statements apperar to be well based on fact and believeable, does not provide information or facts unless known to be correct

Provides data without appropriate checks for correctness

Adapted from Frederick C. Lippers, III, James Farmer, and Micheal F. Sheafer, "Professional Behavior in the Orthopedic Resident, "Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, il 1983), 188-192