Nursing As A Work Of Art

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Reflecting over the past thirty plus years of my nursing career, my philosophy of nursing has been more defined from when I started in the undergraduate nursing program. Florence Nightingale once said that “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter 's or sculptor 's work; for what is that having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God 's spirit?” (Nightingale, 2010). I consider nursing as a work of art. Nightingale’s belief in the nursing profession has been an inspiration to me throughout my career. I interpret her quote as meaning that as nurses, we study the patient and his environment from a holistic approach and then provide unique individualized care based on our study of every detail
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Nursing is an art where human beings entrust their lives in the hands of another. It requires an in depth understanding of the physiological, pathophysiological, psychological, and emotional needs of a human being. Equipped with knowledge and observations, a nurse is able to formulate an individualized care plan that will meet the needs of the patient. Just as Florence Nightingale had described a painter or sculptor having devotion and preparation, the nurse too invests in continuously acquiring knowledge about her profession to come to near perfection with every sterile technique, every medication administration,…

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