Concept Analysis: Cultural Marginality in Nursing

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Introduction 21st century nursing is an evolving, rewarding, but challenging occupation. Unlike nurses in the past, the modern nurse's role is not limited to the physician's assistant, but rather takes on a critical partnership role with both doctor and patient. This role is multicimensional: advocate, caregiver, teacher, researcher, counselor, translator, and case manager. Of course, care is of the upmost importance and includes those activities that assist the client physically mentally and emotionally. This requires a holistic approach to the patient as a person, not a disease, number or statistic. Ironically, the idea of holism in health care is not a new philosophy, but one advocated by Florence Nightengale in the early 19th century. Ever more important today, it focuses on promoting health and wellness, advocating for the patient, assisting healing and preventing suffering clearly a theory of nursing care (Tourville & Ingalls, 2003). At times, the complexity of multiple horizontal priorities in modern healthcare make it necessary to assess different aspects of nursing practice. Using nursing theory and scholarship can help aid a nurse's toolbox as well as keep the nurse current with practice and philosophical ideas. Case histories, for instance, provide a way to examine different aspects of nursing theory with tangible, tactical solutions, as well as points for strategic discussion. Nursing theory provides the tools, and concept analysis helps us understand the way
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