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Nursing

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Nurses Change Lives

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Florence Nightingale: Changing the Field of Nursing - Fast Facts | History

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Nursing Fundamentals - Introduction

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Nursing Skill Check: Blood Transfusion

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Medical Surgical Nursing - Introduction

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in many specialties with differing levels of prescription authority. Many nurses provide care within the ordering scope of physicians, and this traditional role has shaped the public image of nurses as care providers. However, nurse practitioners are permitted by most jurisdictions to practice independently in a variety of settings. In the postwar period, nurse education has undergone a process of diversification towards advanced and specialized credentials, and many of the traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.
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    • History 

    • As a profession 

    • Theory and process 

    • Scope of activities 

    • Specialties and practice settings 

    • Occupational hazards 

    • Worldwide