The American Nurses Association ( Ana )

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Introduction to Nursing Caring, compassionate, honest, determined and knowledgeable are just a few words to describe the type of nurse I would like to be. The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines nursing as the “protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (Taylor 8). Nursing has evolved from woman taking care of the sick and dying, to trained and educated men and women focused on promotion and restoration of health, prevention of illness, and facilitation of coping with disability and/or death, all thanks to Florence Nightingale and her push for nursing education (Taylor 12). Becoming a nurse has been a lifelong dream that was on hold for many years while raising my children. After spending 6 months in the hospital with my oldest daughter, I decided it was time to pursue my dreams. At this time, pediatrics is my primary choice, but I will remain open to other possibilities as I garner experience with different specialties. I know I will be able to make a difference for my patients with my caring nature, compassion and my desire to help others, as well as the skills and knowledge I will obtain at CTC. I believe that nursing is a combination of both art and science for patient centered care. The art side is comprised of the communicative, compassionate and
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