Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses provide care both interdependently, for example, with physicians, and independently as nursing professionals. A comprehensive research conducted on How Should A Nurse Be Addressed
Who Is A Nurse?
A Nurse is a person who is trained to give care (help) to people who are sick or injured. Nurses work with doctors and other health care workers to make patients well (not sick) and to keep them fit and healthy. Nurses also help with end-of-life needs and assist other family members with grieving.
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A ” NURSE”?
An aspiring RN can earn a bachelors of Nursing Science (BNSC) in a five years at a college or university. If you’re already an RN, you can enroll in an RN-to-BNSC program which is geared specifically for RNs who have an associate’s degree or nursing diploma. This path usually takes about two to three years.
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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A NURSE?
In summary, as caregiver, a Nr provides hands-on care to patients. ….As a patient advocate , the nurse’s responsibility is to protect a patient’s rights, act on patient’s behalf, and support their decisions.
WHAT SKILLS DO U NEED TO BE A “NURSE”?
Essential Nursing skills compassion. A Nr must be drawn to caring for sick and injured. Communication Ethics Critical Thinking Attention To detail confidence adaptability stamina
WHAT ARE D FOUR CONCEPTS OF NURSING THEORY?
The nursing paradigm consist of four main concepts: Person, Health, Environment, and Nursing. Each theory is regularly defined and described by a Nursing Theorist. The main focal point of nursing out of the four various common concepts is the person (patient).
WHO IS THE FATHER OF NURSING?
Nightingale birthed nursing around the late 1850s(Crimean War), early 1860s (American Civil War), and early 1870s (beginning of formal nursing schools in America). So to put things on an equal footing, the father of Nursing should be more or less her contemporary.
HAS NURSING TRULY ATTAINED PROFESSIONAL STATUS?
Typically in most developed countries, professions are distinguished by certain characteristics; these includes:-
- -Institution of Higher Education
- Code of Ethics
- Increasing Knowledge
- Culture and Norm
COMMON NOMENCLATURES USED TO ADDRESSED NURSES
- Nursing Officer
- In charge
- Matron just to mention but few
RN is a nurse who has graduated from an accredited nursing program with a BNSC, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or diploma from a hospital based program in nursing. To obtain RN license, an individual needs to pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council Exam (NMCE) in the state where they wish to obtain licensure. RN is a licensure credentials which goes after your name not before your name e.g. Musty RN, BNSC.
PROFESSIONAL TITTLE/ACRONYM OF NURSE?
- -The professional title of RN is Nurse, so address us as a Nurse not doctors because we are not doctors or chief , sister and so on. For example Nurse Amina ,Nurse John.
- -The acronym of the title Nurse is Nr. Which is the pre-nominal abbreviation of a nurse e.g Nr. Chinedu, Nr. Lola.
- Mr., Mrs., Miss are not suppose to be use by a professional because they are business and social title acronym.
- -CNO, PNO, SNO etc; these are ranking post in the hospital but is not actually a title of a nurse.
We are all crying for public recognition of the Nigerian Nursing profession why sadly we deliberately refuse to add Nurse(Nr.) in our beautiful names and don’t address our colleagues as such. So if we aren’t happy and proud of our titles how do we expect the society to feel we are important. The change has to start with the way we address ourselves in public regardless of our years of experience and specialization E.g. am Nr Babura is a pleasure meeting you.
No single doctor will accept the title nurse but why are we accepting their title upon all the peculiarity of our professional title. We are nurses and care for patient as a whole not as a machine.
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I AM PROUD TO CALL MYSELF A STUDENT NURSE AND USE THIS TITLE ANYWHERE.
PRESENTED BY STD. NR. REUBEN MARKUS ZIRAHGI.