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What is Nursing?

Nursing is a discipline focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, re-attaining and maintaining optimal health and functioning. Modern definitions of nursing define it as a science and an art that focuses on quality of life as defined by persons and families. Nursing is not only concerned about health and functioning but with quality of living and dying, lived experience, and universal lived experiences of health.

Nursing is an applied science which has a unique body of knowledge that utilizes principles from the physical, biological, and behavioral sciences. The central concern of nursing is the holistic person. The focus of nursing is health promotion, maintenance, curative, restorative, supportive and terminal care to individuals and groups of all ages, taking into consideration the factors that influence them in the total environment

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Acute Care Community Health Mental Health
Admin. of Educational Programs Community/Mental Health Mental Health Ethnic Specialist
Admin. of Nursing Services Correctional Health Midwife
Adolescent Nurse Specialist Critical Care Neonatal
Adult Health Care Delivery of Services- Staff Development Neurological
Ambulatory Care Developmental Disabilities Nursing Health Policy
Ambulatory Child Health Diabetes Nursing Occupational Health
Family Nursing Oncology School Health
Anesthesia Gerontology Pediatric
Cardiovascular Maternity Nursing Physiological Nursing
College/University faculty Pulmonary Spinal Cord Injury Nurse
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Transcultural Nursing
Psychosocial Nursing Respiratory Trauma
Public Health Emergency Surgical Nurse Nurse Researcher
Staff Development/Educator Hospital Administrator Medical-Surgical
Primary Ambulatory Care

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Active Listening

Critical Thinking

Able to Instruct Others

Time Management

Social Perceptiveness




Attention to Detail

Concern for Others



Stress Tolerance


Oral/Written Expression and Comprehension

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