More than a decade from the nursing profession, being first officially pioneered in the Crimea War of 1854, it has now become the most diverse professional group of healthcare workers in the health sector. This is mainly due to the countless roles played out by nurses in the discharge of their duties.
Surprisingly, a lot of people outside the nursing profession have an opinion about what nurses should and should not do. While these outside views clearly and strongly emphasizes that nurses should be more flexible, adaptable, and more responsible and should demonstrate more accountability, there are others who degrade the profession by merely stating that nurse are handmaids of the health and care sector. For the nursing profession and for nurses to survive this slaughter of influence from all directions, nurses should take control and lead.
While the focus of nursing is the natural desire to care, nurture and protect, we should not lose sight of the underlying philosophy of nursing which throughout time have remained the same and constant regardless of setting, specialism and focus. Historically, Florence Nightingale pioneered nursing as a means to deliver quality care and support focused on fulfilling patients’ needs. During her time, she did not have the luxury of comfort, staff and technology but always managed to deliver the patients’ needed care, support and needs with dignity and humanity. She was also not pressured by varying degrees of constitutional targets and reforms but as always, managed her nursing practice independently.
The growth of various government policies and the introduction of nursing on a global perspective have given birth to a new cultural shift in nursing. The delivery of nursing services from an institutional setting has taken precedence over the basic tenets of primary care which involves health promotion and prevention. As more and more nations are getting well developed and organized and with more communities becoming more difficult to access, nurses are favoring the safety net of the secondary and tertiary health care systems. However in the confines of such institutions, nurses are more prominently being ordained to second class citizens. Furthermore the duty-bound are nurses in the decrees of both patients and superiors. The healthcare sector has lost its original philosophy ad has turned into one form of business.
Argumentatively in today’s world, nurses should be well rewarded and respected. The road to nursing is not easy. To enable nurses to deliver effective and suitable patient-care, they need to have received appropriate training. With the onset of new researches and the development of modern technology, nurses should ensure that their knowledge and skills follow this trend without losing sight of the prime fundamental philosophy of nursing. The demand of delivering nursing to both the primary and institutionalized setting should highly be praised. In particular, it is important that certain skills and knowledge be required so that the delivery of quality care and support will always be at its highest standards. For these issues to be addressed properly, accurately and timely, each individual should map out their own individual professional development. This will help close the gap that exists and secure their future.
For the nursing profession to survive in the midst of external influence and dictates of common law, it is crucial that nurse should take charge of their own profession and be its instigator, developer and controllers for all things relating to nursing. No one knows nursing best as nurses. Nurses must lead nurses and define the future of nursing.
If nurses are able to maintain the core element of its philosophy, the future of nursing will continue to shine and deliver the essentials of caring, nurturing and protecting the principal needs of the individual in a newly modernized world.
author: Michael Duque
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