The essence of nursing remains grounded in the concept of caring, formed on the premise of what Florence Nightingale set out to achieve so many years ago: doing good for others. As centuries have passed, the scope of nursing has evolved and technology and health care have expanded. The heart and soul of nursing have undergone a tumultuous journey.
The role that caring plays in the nursing profession has achieved a certain irony as the health care industry has become more competitive. Professionalism, respect, and teamwork are the foundations of nursing, but they have come under fire as a dog-eat-dog world falls prey to bullying, violence, cronyism, and addictions. Health care organizations plunge forward with their legislative mandates of promoting people’s health and well-being while nurses feel the pinch of no protection, no policies to safeguard them, and no support from senior leaders or executives. This divide can … Read More