The practice of Nursing is beyond what it is known for.
To many, the major thing a nurse does is to check the vital signs of patients.
The usual means to identify nurses was the white uniform.
However, there is much more to the profession than “checking of vitals” and wearing a white uniform.
A critical and careful review of the definitions that molded the profession will play a role in bringing back what has been misplaced.
Nursing is that profession that takes responsibility for the continuous care of the injured, disabled, ill, and even the dying. More than caring for the sick, it is also that profession that sees to maintaining the health of individuals, families, and the community at large (Karen & Patricia, 2022).
Nursing is solidly grounded in the human sciences and its focus is man as a living being and as qualitatively involved in health experiences (Rosemarie Rizzo Parse, 1981).
Nursing is described as an art and science that forms and structures the attitude, intellectual competencies, and technical skills of the individual nurse to have strong feelings and skills to render help to others (Faye Glenn Abdullah).
“A unique profession concerned with all of the variables affecting the individual’s response to stressors-Nursing” (Betty Neuman, 1982). “The direct service, goal directed and adaptable to the needs of the individual, family and community during health and illness-Nursing” (American Nursing Association).
MORE THAN THE WHITE
Nurses are professionals who are actively involved in research, management, policy deliberations, and importantly patient advocacy in health care.
Well-read nurses are capable of providing basic or primary health care and specialty services independently. Nurses’ care does not stop with the individual, the nurse cares for the individual, the family, and the community at large (Karen & Patricia, 2022).
A nurse has a complex and creative function in offering limitless opportunities by applying skills based on physical, biological, and social sciences.
The function of a nurse is thereby an independent one which is acting for the patient when he does not have the knowledge, physical strength, or will to act for himself if he were healthy. The priority of a nurse is the patients’ independence and meeting of their basic needs to enhance their progress during and after hospitalization (Angelo, 2022).
A professional nurse recognizes and understands the basic needs of the individual, sick or well, and knows how best the needs can be met (Esther Lucile Brown).
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Karen, B., Patricia, D. (2022, May 06). Nursing. Retrieved from Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/science/nursing/additional-info#contributors