Ethics and professionalism

Professionalism is often defined as the strict adherence to courtesy, honesty and responsibility when dealing with individuals or other in a definite profession. Historically, the word professional was most likely linked to someone – almost certainly a man – practising law, medicine, religion or education but in more modern definitions, a profession has to meet at least four criteria:
• There should be a commitment to the public good
• It requires advanced expertise and education
• It involves having independent judgement
• There is some form of social organisation and recognition
Ethics is branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions. Generally, ethics rules tell us what we cannot do and professionalism deals with what we should do.


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