Ethics and Professionalism

Professional ethics encompass the personal, organizational, and corporate standards of behavior expected by professionals. The term professionalism originally applied to vows of a religious order. By at least the year 1675, the term had seen secular application and was applied to the three learned professions: divinity, law, and medicine. The term professionalism was also used for the military profession around this same time. Professionals and those working in acknowledged professions exercise specialist knowledge and skill. How the use of this knowledge should be governed when providing a service to the public can be considered a moral issue and is termed professional ethics. Professionalism defined as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional persons as the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood

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