An Examination of the Role of the Professional Nurse Analytical Essay

This essay explores defining nursing as a profession.
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This essay examines the evolving role of a nurse in the nursing profession. It focuses on issues such as the origin of professional nursing, roles and characteristics of the professional nurse, nursing education and factors influencing contemporary professional practice. The role of NPs and socio-political influence on nursing are evaluated for the changing role of a nurse within the medical community. The paper finds that in nursing today, the main stress is on producing nursing practitioners with critical thinking and appraisal skills. Further, the paper finds that, by definition, nursing has different themes that include preventing illness and promoting the health of the public.

From the Paper:

"In this century, the nursing practice is influenced by many social, economical and political factors such as economics, consumer demands, health policy formulations and others. Firstly, increase in the health care cost present challenges for nursing and this forces the nursing practice to move from in-patient to outpatient care such as post-hospitalisation rehabilitation, health education settings and community clinics (Kozier et al., 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Nurses Association (1980) Nursing: A social policy statement. Kansas: ANA. Cited in Royal College of Nursing (2003) Defining Nursing: def. Nursing is... . London: RCN.
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  • Brown, J. & Libberton, P. (2007) Principles of Professional Studies in Nursing. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

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