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Nursing: Nursing

A representative collection of library resources and links to other good information on hot topics in nursing.

What is nursing?

The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides the following definition of nursing:

"Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations." *

So what does that mean?  What do nurses do?  What are some of the specialty areas?  And what do they earn?  Check the ANA web site for answers!                       


Famous Nursing Quotes

"When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours." – Author Unknown

"You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is." – Thom Dick

"Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet..." – Donna Wilk Cardillo

"As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou

"It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing." – Mother Teresa

Nursing Facts

* According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) as of June 2015 there were 3.1 million nurses in the nation.

* Each year from May 6 – 12, the ANA celebrates National Nurses Week. The week includes National Nurses Day, May 6, and May 12th is Florence Nightingale's birthday--the founder of modern nursing.

* One of the current hot-button topics in nursing is violence in the healthcare setting.  Another is safe nurse staffing.

* The ANA designated 2015 as the "Year of Ethics" in recognition of the impact ethical practice has on patient safety and the quality of care.  This celebration was highlighted by the release of a revised  Code of Ethics for Nurses that  According to Dr. Pam Cipriano, 35th president of the ANA, the American Nurses Association has been the steward of the Code for more than the past 60 years.  

* The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workers in hospitals.  Read more about this and other healthy work environment issues on the ANA Health and Safety page.

* Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled since 2010.  Read more about it: The Opioid Epidemic

* Did you know there is a Nurses' Bill of Rights?  Read it here.

*The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Workforce Analysis provides statistical information on:racial/ethnic/gender breakdown, job satisfaction, number of registered nurses,and more.

* Gallup conducts an annual survey of Americans' ratings of honesty and ethical standards in professions.  The results released in December 2016 indicated nurses rank highest with 84% of the public rating their standards as "high" or "very high."  Pharmacists ranked next at 67% and medical doctors at 65%.  This is the 15th year in a row that nurses topped the list!

Check your nursing professional web sites often for the latest information on current facts and issues in nursing.  And consider becoming a member of at least one of the professional nursing organizations.  Become an instrument of change for the betterment of your patients, yourself, and your profession!

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