Modern Nursing: A Rewarding but Challenging Career Choice

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Modern nursing is a rewarding, but challenging, career choice. The modern nurse's role is not limited only to assist the doctor in procedures, however. Instead, the contemporary nursing professional takes on a partnership role with both the doctor and patient as advocate caregiver, teacher, researcher, counselor, and case manager. Under the paradigm of quality health care, modern nurses should interpret this as "quality patient care" which comprises three important factors sound theoretical knowledge of the latest medical procedures, information and innovations; superior communication skills that are multi-culturally based; and the ability to empathize appropriately with the patient and family to buttress the role of caregiver. The Institute of Medicine, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing research and materials to help the healthcare industry make better decisions, echoes this view in the October 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health. The necessity for modern nurses is to be far more than ever more of a multitasking professional with superior communication and organization skills and even more focused on the holistic model of the patient and the manner in which they, the nurse, affects the outcome of the patient's care experience. The essence of the report seems to be that nurses, as a whole, despite there being 3 million or more in the United States alone, are being underutilized for the skills and training they
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