Definition of Nursing
"Nursing integrates the art and science of caring and focuses on the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and human functioning; prevention of illness and injury; facilitation of healing; and alleviation of suffering through compassionate presence. Nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in recognition of the connection of all humanity."
Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 4th Edition
History of Nursing
Penn Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania provides a well collated history of the nursing profession.
Please view the general history of the nursing profession here: American Nursing: An Introduction to the Past.
What Makes a Nurse?
There are many external and internal influences on the profession of nursing. Our profession is both an art and science of delivering high-quality, compassionate, ethical, equitable, safe care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
*Adopted from Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 4th Edition, American Nurses Association 2021
Nurses: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare,