Definition of Nursing
Nursing is the protection, promotion. And optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. (ANA)
Person: Is the individual and the family. When we care for a patient we need to remember that their families are affected by the acute illness or dealing with the chronic disease also.
Environment: the external surroundings can be a source of infection affecting the health of the person. This address’ the internal environment as well that could disturb the person’s normal defenses.
Health: Is the state of wellbeing, physical and emotional. Being mindful of the patient as an individual and realizing that optimum health and abilities differ with each person.
Nursing: We need to be patient advocates when caring for a patient and family, protecting them from injury, promoting health, comforting them in time of sickness with respect to their cultural, family and religious beliefs.
In caring for patients, I see them as a whole person, one that is currently suffering an acute illness, dealing with a chronic disease or bringing life into the world and not seeing them as a diagnosis. Along with our knowledge base and critical thinking skills we possess the powerful healing of touch.
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