An Introduction to Nursing

Nurses Working in HospitalAccording to American Nursing Association, nursing is about the protection, advancement and optimization of health and prevention of injury and illnesses. It also involves facilitating the healing process and alleviating people’s suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and support in the care of individuals, groups, families and communities.

Nurses usually start working as a generalist and then gradually move towards developing a specialty. A wide variety of nursing fields exist all over the world and each specialty in nursing requires a different kind of education and training.

Nurses are an important part of the healthcare system of any country. Research shows that every full time registered nurse can save an additional five lives in a hospital setting. Nursing is said to be one of those few professions that is self-regulating. Nurses not only establish and maintain high standards of practice for patient’s safety but also promote those practices for the progress of the nursing profession.

Nurses, an integral part of any country’s healthcare system and the backbone of patient’s treatment, perform various tasks including:

  • Safety
  • Clinical Quality
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Advanced practices that were once reserved for physicians, such as giving anesthesia, delivering babies, pediatric care and can also prescribe medications if needed.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing is a type of nursing in which nurses take care of people who are either seriously ill or need rehabilitation services.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, are the places where skilled nursing is provided under the supervision of a licensed physician.

A nursing home is different from a hospital. It is a place where both medical and custodial care is provided to your loved ones, which includes getting in and out of bed, help in bathing, dressing and feeding and any medical help they need, all under the supervision of a physician. Physiotherapists and other medical professionals who may be needed by those living in nursing homes are always available for the patient’s social, medical and psychological needs.

Nurses are not only required to take care of patients, but are also considered as innovators in healthcare. They highlight serious issues that may exist in a country’s healthcare system. Therefore, nursing is considered as one of the most challenging and demanding professions of the world. It not only needs education and training, but also commitment and dedication to the profession. It will not be wrong to say that the healthcare system of any country will collapse if not for the nurses.