The definition of Nursing, as per Britannica, is long, longer that definitions of many other professions that claim nobility.
Britannica says: “Nursing, profession that assumes responsibility for the continuous care of the sick, the injured, the disabled, and the dying. Nursing is also responsible for encouraging the health of individuals, families, and communities in medical and community settings. Nurses are actively involved in health care research, management, policy deliberations, and patient advocacy. Nurses with post baccalaureate preparation assume independent responsibility for providing primary health care and specialty services to individuals, families, and communities.”
If that sounds a mouthful, it is because the profession incorporates so many attributes that are considered essential to civilisation, that there cannot be one simple, easy definition.
And if we go by definition, the people — now rightly also called Covid warriors — who are involved in such varied, difficult tasks, should be qualified in various subjects. That would mean they should be aware of medicine, surgical procedures, developments in healthcare research, psychological analyses of critical patients, palliative care, community needs, family worries, paediatric care and so much more.
A nurse, at any point of time, carries far more responsibilities than a doctor or a medical technician. She/he is the one the administration relies on most for the smooth running of a hospital/clinic.
The value of nurses, as helpers of doctors has been appreciated from ancient times, from when medical science began to take shape. Early history would call them helpers or caregivers. However, the most famous among them, was Florence Nightingale, who was born of wealthy British parents in the mid-19th century, but defied her family and society, deciding to become a nurse. Had it not been for her determination, the nursing profession would have been different today.
Taking care of family and friends was in practice, but taking care of complete strangers, especially for lady, was almost unthinkable in those days. Florence, of course, was built differently.
The story of Florence is a known one. However, every single day, today, nurses from across the world have been braving a deadly pandemic, the sheer threat of death and comforting unknown patients writing in beds across hospitals.
Today, possibly more than any other time in history, nurses are in demand for their abilities, their knowledge, and for their immense compassion.
This is the noble profession that we, at GLONUR©, honour. This is why we appeal to your hearts.