Perspectives on Nursing Practice Term Paper by Nicky

Perspectives on Nursing Practice
An overview of the history of nursing and its impact on present and future nursing practices.
# 148563 | 1,779 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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Understanding the history of the nursing profession provides an understanding of the fundamental changes in philosophy that have helped shape the nursing profession as it is today. History provides the practitioner a greater appreciation for the attitudes and prevailing philosophies that dictate today's modern nursing landscape and a sense of their place within the field of medicine. This paper provides an overview of the past two hundred years of nursing and relates this history to modern nursing practice. The paper also provides a glimpse into the possible directions that nursing may take in the next ten years.

Two Centuries of Nursing History
Views on the BSN vs. the ADN Nurse
Where Will it Go in the Next Ten Years
What Will My Role Be In Influencing the Future of Nursing on A Local, National, and International Level

From the Paper:

"One of the key problems that nurses faced over the past two hundred years has been finding their place in the hierarchy of the medical profession. Until recently, it was generally accepted that the role of the nurse was to take orders and follow the directions of the doctor (Radcliffe, 2000). This issue was first addressed formally in 1967 by Dr. Leonard Stein. He describes the hierarchy as fixed and fragile. No one dared to violate the established order (Radcliffe, 2000). According to Radcliffe, when a nurse had an idea of her own, she must be careful not to intrude on the doctor's space. She had to make it appear as if the idea originated from the doctor (Radcliffe, 2000). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Association for the History of Nursing (2001). Nursing History in the Curriculum: Preparing Nurses for the 21st Century. AAHN. September 21, 2001. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from
  • Forster, H. ( n.d.). Where Are We On This Issue? ADN vs. BSN. Nursling link. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from .
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  • Lewis, J. (2007). Florence Nightingale. 1820-1910. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from
  • Radcliffe, M. (2000). Doctors and nurses: new game, same result. British Medical Journal, 320 (1085): 1085. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from

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