Modern Nursing is Science & Arts both and it demands a keen mind, hard study and ability to reason and apply theory to the practice of nursing. It is a positive and creative work, which has a great role to play in building, maintaining and nourishing the health of people in hospital and in community. Nursing profession attempts to provide relief to the suffering humanity through preventive, promotive, curative and therapeutic aspect of health.
Nursing is a profession that recalls the name of Florence Nightngale, is indeed one of the noblest profession in the world. It is the art of caring sick people with the science of health care. It is a vital segment of medical care.
The largest group of workers in the health sector are those in the nursing occupation as nurses and nursing assistants. In a hospital from the general ward to the operation theatre, nursing forms an integral part. This is one of the few domains of work that is almost totally dominated by females.
Nursing Duties are manifold and cover a wide range of functions and responsibilities that depend upon the level of qualification and the working environment. At the junior level, nurses are required for the bedside care of patients, while at senior level they are required to manage special group of people like psychiatric, intensive care patients etc. which require specialized skill. They are also involved in dispensing medication, keeping records of the patients’ progress, setting up and operating medical equipment, administration and several other routine works involved.
Nurses are often exposed to health risks from infectious diseases. This profession demands long hours of work and duties. Those who come forward to take up this as career have to be patient, courageous, have a serving mentality and at the same time be ready to work extra hours even in night shift.