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Introduction

Nursing is a blend of science and technology with the art of caring and compassion. It is a vital component of any form of medical care. Nursing is a career filled with endless personal and professional rewards. The nursing profession, comprising of nurses and nursing assistants constitutes the largest working group in the health care sector. Apart from being a highly responsible and noble profession, this profession demands a lot of time, dedication, patience, sacrifice, love and care for the sick patients. It generally suits people, who have a desire to serve and help the physically incapacitated, sick, injured, convalescing mothers, new borns, old persons, even mentally retarded patients etc.In a hospital from the general ward to the operating theater, nursing forms an integral part. This is one of the few domains of work that is almost totally dominated by women.

Nursing duties cover a wide range of functions and responsibilities that depends with the level of qualification and the working environment. The largest group of nurses works in the hospitals, nursing homes, sanitoriums etc. Their basic job is to give bedside care to the recuperating patients apart from assisting the physicians during examination and operation of the patients. The other duties include maintaining records of the patients, administering prescribed medication both orally and hypodermically, maintaining cleanliness in the wards, preparing patients for the operations, keeping and maintaining stocks of drugs and medical equipment etc. With the advancement in medical science, there has been a constant improvement in the nursing education standards. And as the number of hospitals, nursing homes, private clinics, sanitoriums etc. is increasing day by day, professionally trained and qualified nurses are very much in demand, creating ample of scope in this profession. This is a highly demanding field where one has to work for long hours with incorporated skill and understanding of patients need.

Career

The demand for skilled, qualified nurses is ever present throughout the world. As the government plans to widen the health services network, the demand for this profession would continue to grow. Nowadays even the corporates are entering this sector, further making this profession an exciting career option. The employment opportunities in this profession are available in government and private sectors.

They can find employment in the following areas
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinics and Heath Departments
  • Orphanages and old age homes
  • Schools
  • Industrial houses and factories
  • Railways and public sector medical departments
  • Training Institutes as educators
  • They can also work in community health departments.
  • Provide health care services in armed forces.

Famous Nurses

Forever improving the landscape of a relatively new profession, these impassioned and prolific Nurses established ever higher standards for the wellbeing of the sick, injured, and disabled. Every nurse should strive to accomplish as much in the advancement of the care and condition of the people who need it the most.

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) - This British pioneer in the field (who was also a mathematician) insisted on more sanitary conditions for nurses and doctors during the Crimean War, which cut the death rate of wounded soldiers by a staggering amount. Florence Nightingale was a true nursing legend whose work changed the field of medicine dramatically for the better. She was also a tireless advocate for the advancement of women nurses and physicians.

Mary Todd Lincoln - Better known as Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln proved her critics wrong (as a Southerner, her loyalty to the Unionist cause was suspected) by putting in almost impossible hours frequenting hospitals, cleaning wounds and consoling and feeding those soldiers suffering unbearable pain.

Mary Ezra Mahoney (1845-1926) - The first African-American registered nurse, Mahoney graduated from the New England Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses in 1879, and went on to have an illustrious and outstanding career as a nurse.

Edith Cavell - An English nurse, Cavell was the head of a nursing school and Red Cross hospital during the German occupation of Belgium during World War I. After aiding the escape of over 200 allied soldiers from occupied territory, she was subsequently arrested and executed, an event which increased public sentiment against German aggression.

Florence Guinness Blake (1907-1983) - A distinguished pediatric nurse, Florence Guinness Blake is perhaps best known for her devotion to advanced education in pediatric nursing. Notably, Blake taught pediatric nursing at several universities, and established the graduate program in advanced nursing care of children at the University of Chicago in 1946.

Hazel W. Johnson-Brown - A retired former head of the United States Army Nurse Corps, Johnson-Brown was the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of brigadier general in the US Army. She was the 16th chief of the Army Nurse Corps, an organization to which she dedicated 26 years of her life. She also served as Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing.

Elizabeth Grace Neill (1846-1926) - Journalist, Social Reformer and Nurse; Grace Neill was driven by the desire to create change. Her brilliant career established the first Nurses' Registration Act in the world in 1901. Her life was devoted to social reform in the welfare of the poor and the suffrage of woman. Her work began the course to a more responsible society.

Sophie Mannerheim (1863-1928) - Sophie was a nurse known as pioneer of modernizing the profession in Finland. She was trained in nursing at the Nightingale School at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Subsequently, she was appointed as head nurse of Helsinki Surgical Hospital and later elected President of the Finnish Nurses' Association, a position she held for 24 years. Baroness Sophie Mannerheim was founder of the Children's Hospital in Helsinki as well as the Mannerheim League for Children's Welfare.

Virginia Avenel Henderson (1897-1996) - An American nurse, researcher, theorist, and author: Virginia Henderson graduated from the Army School of Nursing, Washington, D.C., in 1921. She is an expert in nursing theory and graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a M.A. degree in nursing education. Henderson is famous for defining nursing as a responsibility to aid people, whether sick or not, and help them towards better health and recover under any circumstances. The International Council of Nurses honored her with the first Christianne Reimann Prize in June 1985.

Joyce Slinsky (retired RN, New Jersey) - A registered nurse for 45 years, with 39 of those years in the ER (emergency room) of John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, was presented with an official proclamation from the state Senate and Assembly in reverence to her career. On January 20, 2007 she was honored as a retiree and highly valued member in her community of Brick, New Jersey.
You have a chance to make your mark in the field of nursing and healthcare. Embrace the career, get educated, and become one more shining example in the tradition of treasured and celebrated nurses. Take the first step toward making your dream of pursing a nursing career a reality today.

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The nursing profession, comprising of nurses and nursing assistants constitutes the largest working group in the health care sector.

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