Nurses today represent men and women from all walks of life and are the largest health care profession in the United States.
In_fact,_according to the U.S. Department of Labor, RNs are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations, and expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014.
About three out of five nursing jobs are in hospitals, but practice settings and specialty areas run the gamut of possibility. Nurses work in clinics, offices, schools, the military, health-related industries, and hospices, among others. They can work in any number of specialties, including as clinical nurse specialists, researchers, managers, in government, as travel nurses, nurse attorneys, perioperative nurses, critical care nurses and advanced nurse practitioners. The possibilities in nursing are unlimited
Nursing is both an art and a science. It blends a scientific mind, technological know-how, a compassionate heart, and healing hands. RNs help sick people return to health and keep people healthy and prevent disease. Nurses are concerned with the physical aspect of health and illness, as well as with the psychological, social, and the spiritual dimensions of health and wellness.
Nurses use a holistic (complete) approach to care for the entire individual’s needs. As professionals who are responsible for coordinating patient care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nurses have a unique relationship with patients and must understand all aspects of their care.
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