Art And Science Of Nursing

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Art and Science of Nursing For the 14th straight year, the public once again ranked nurses as most ethical and most trusted profession in the United States (Gallup, 2015). But what makes nurses the most ethical and most trusted profession? Is it the science of applying evidence-based practice? Is it the art of providing unwavering support and care to patients and their families? Or is it be both? The aim of this paper is to define the art and science of nursing, discuss its influences in current nursing practice and in the student’s personal practice, provide major factors perceived to be changing the healthcare environment, indicate what has changed over the last five years in the student’s personal practice, identify strategies employed to apply the art and science of nursing in professional role development, and create specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART) goals to be utilized after completing the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Art and Science of Nursing: Defined The science of nursing is not just about performing tasks such as catheter insertion or medication administration. It encompasses the ability of the nurse to think critically and to provide evidence-based interventions (Palos, 2014). It also includes the capability of the nurse to apply nursing theories and frameworks into practice (Parse, 2015). On the other hand, Florence Nightingale described nursing as the “finest of Fine Arts” (as cited in Criss, 2011, para. 1).
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