WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOUR?
When we act unprofessionally, we may encourage others around us to do the same. Creating a culture where, even low-level, poor behaviour is allowed to go unchecked can be an enabler for more serious breaches of professional conduct that can significantly impact on colleagues’ wellbeing and service user safety. (3)
Demonstrating unprofessional behaviours whilst at university or on placement can result in university fitness to practice hearings. This is because, the university has a duty of care to act when students are acting in an unprofessional way to protect the student, the reputation of the profession and university and most importantly the safety of service users!
As humans, we are all capable of being unprofessional at times, particularly when we are working in stressful or challenging environments. What is most important is being able to reflect on your own behaviours, being accepting of feedback that you may receive and owning your mistakes. Once you have done that you can set about seeking ways to rectify the situation, talking things through with your supervisor, undertaking further reflection and learning to help you to put steps in place to support more professional behaviours in the future.