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Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in a wide diversity of practice areas with a different scope of practice and level of prescriber authority in each. Many nurses provide care within the ordering scope of physicians, and this traditional role has come to shape the historic public image of nurses as care providers. However, nurses are permitted by most jurisdictions to practice independently in a variety of settings depending on training level. In the postwar period, nurse education has undergone a process of diversification towards advanced and specialized credentials, and many of the traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.

|Nursing as a profession  | |The aim of the nursing community worldwide is for its professionals to ensure quality care for all, while maintaining their credentials, code | |of ethics, standards, and competencies, and continuing their education.[35] There are a number of educational paths to becoming a professional nurse, | |which vary greatly worldwide; all involve extensive study of nursing theory and practice as well as training in clinical skills. |

Minimum Entry Requirements for Training of Registered NursesThe candidates must have a minimum of 5 subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, or equivalent, or any recognized qualification above. The 5 compulsory subjects required are:-

(a) 4 Core Subjects, with English Language and Chinese Language at Level 3 or above, and Mathematics and Liberal Studies at Level 2 or above; and
(b) 1...
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