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Professional Presence and Influence
Esther Lopez
Western Governors University

PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE AND INFLUENCE 2 Over the last one hundred years there has been a great change in the way nurses, doctors, and others in the medical field, as well as the general public, have come to view health and wellness. Where once health was thought to only be comprised of our physical body and the physical things that affect it, we now know that health encompasses so much more. We know that who we are is made up not only of the physical body, but also of mind, and spirit (Koerner, 2011), and that this not only affects each of us individually but also those around us and that we are part of something much bigger(Dossey, n.d.). It is so very important for each one of us to truly get to know who “I” am, to understand my strengths and weaknesses, what “makes me tick”, and truly motivates me. It is only then that I can begin to move through the process of becoming the best person and nurse that I can be. That is the process each one of us is in, and as we all move through this process of better understanding ourselves and making the changes due to the new understanding, we can truly begin to affect all those around us, also known as the “ripple effect”.
Section A: Professional Presence A1. In the course of this class we discussed three models of health and healing-Era I, Era II, and Era III as identified by Larry Dossey, MD, a noted medical theorist. I would like to focus on Eras I and III and their differences as it relates to what it means to be human. According to Dossey, Era I began in the 1860s, when science became an integral part of medicine and can be called “mechanical medicine”(Dossey, n.d.). Through this stage of medicine the belief was that “health and illness were…...

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