Nursing Profession Overview

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What is the main focus of nursing as a profession?

The care of individuals, families, and communities to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.

How do nurse practitioners differ from nurses in the U.S.?

Nurse practitioners have a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing and are permitted to prescribe medications, unlike regular nurses.

What is the role of nurses in developing a plan of care?

Nurses work collaboratively with physicians, therapists, the patient, the patient's family, and other team members to develop a plan of care that focuses on treating illness to improve quality of life.

What is the evidence of a global trend in the shortage of qualified nurses?

There is evidence of international shortages of qualified nurses.

How has nurse education evolved since the postwar period?

Nurse education has diversified towards advanced and specialized credentials, and traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.

Test your knowledge about the nursing profession, including nursing specialties, patient care approaches, and scope of practice. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of nurses in healthcare.

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