What is nursing? Perhaps one of the most all encompassing, touching and passionate quotes comes from the founder of the modern profession of nursing, Florence Nightingale, "Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter 's or sculptor 's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God 's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said the finest of Fine Arts." However, one must question whether this prominent quote would be applicable to today 's technologically and medically advanced world of modern medicine. There are many definitions of nursing, from Merriam-Webster 's Online definition of "person who cares for the sick or infirm" to editorial definitions such as, "restoration of a person to a meaningful life through caring and coaching" (Cooper, 2005). After reading through all the various definitions that experts, teachers and practitioners have come up with I have come to realize that nursing is what you come to define it to yourself. Nursing, to me, is a passion to help people who are sick or injured; it is a promise to learn all that I possibly can in my education at Bryant and Stratton, so that I can serve my patients to the very best of my ability. And while it can be specifically defined through segments such as client centered or as a science, nursing is limitless in
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