The scope of nursing practice is defined as the range of roles, functions, responsibilities, and activities which registered nurses are educated and authorized to perform. … Client, referring also to patient and resident, is defined as an individual, a family, a group of individuals, a community, or a population.
- Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life from birth to death.
- Florence Nightingale a celebrated English nurse, writer came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night. She laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment, in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, the first nursing school in the world.
- The various courses that are focused at preparing a qualified nurse are : • General Nursing and Midwifery. • Basic B.Sc. Nursing. • Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing. • Masters in Nursing. • P.G. Diploma or Certificate courses in Nursing. • Ph.D. in Nursing.
- Nursing profession is great to be considered as you will : • Directly influence the health and well-being of other people. • Never stop learning: about health, about illness, about people and the world we live in. • You will have a range of careers rolled into one: as you develop you can diversify and specialize. • Excellent career opportunities.
- Nurses work in a large variety of specialties where they work independently and as part of a team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Nursing duties are manifold and cover a wide range of functions and responsibilities, that depends with the level of qualification and the working environment.
- They can work in settings like : • Hospital • Nursing homes. • Clinics and Heath Department • Orphanages and old age homes • Military (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines) • Community settings i.e. school nurse, health visitor. • Industrial houses and factories • Railways and public sector medical departments
- • Training Institutes as educators • Home care , Palliative care, hospice • Public health agencies • Ambulatory care centers ,extended care centers • 0ffices ,corporations ,health-related industries , occupational settings • Mental health services • Private health care providers e.g. Practitioners • Prison nurse/ Correctional , de- addiction. • Researcher – promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice
- They can diversify into different areas of nursing practice: operating room, critical care and emergency departments, women’s health and mental health. And there are many sub-specialty areas such as sports injury nursing, cancer nursing, cardiac care, newborn intensive care.
- Nurses may choose to work in one permanent setting, or may take short-term assignments as a travel nurse to fulfill temporary projects for nursing staff internationally. They can even serve in key government and elected positions become a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, researcher, or a nurse manager. AS A NURSE THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.