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Is Spirituality in Nursing Necessary?

Is Spirituality in Nursing Necessary? | Nursing then and now |
Should spirituality in nursing be encouraged, especially in hospice care? What if you're not religious? Our contributor shares her views.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 25, 2014 9:10 AM
SOme people believe spirituality is an important aspect of nursing and others believe it is not. The people who believe it is not important feel as if it is based on religion and that it supersedes a patients religon.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 25, 2014 9:13 AM
People believe that spirituality is important with hospice nurses. Hospice nursing mainly deal with patients who are dying. If a hospice nurse is spiritual they will understand the process better and help comfort the patient. For example, if a patient is "seeing things" or reaching up talking to something, a hospice nurse who is spiritual will understand and ask the patient questions and help relax them.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 25, 2014 9:16 AM
Although spirituality may be an important characteristic for a nurse to have, it is important that the nurse does not over step the boundaries. Nurses have to be careful what they say because overall spirituality is based on religion. Not everyone is the same religion. A nurse has to filter what he or she say to make sure they are not offending the patient or their loved ones.
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Nursing 50 Years Back and Today: How the Nursing Field Has Changed Over the Last 50 Years | HEALTHeCAREERS

By Julie Blanche, ADRNwww.nursingstudenttutor.comFifty years is a long time in any life. In the life of the average nurse, the past 50 years has seen many changes in...
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 4, 2014 9:34 AM
Technology has also changed nursing. It has made nursing a little bit easier. Nurses can take vital signs, find information, and administer medication quicker than they could in the past with the new technology.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 4, 2014 9:36 AM
With all the new technology and advances in nursing there will still always be a need for nurses. Even though the new technology may make the job easier, nurses still need to use their eyes and examine the patient to assess their situation. They can not rely completely on technology because it can still have its issues.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 4, 2014 9:39 AM
There are also new positions a nurse can obtain if they further educate themselves. These include but are limited to Licensed Practical Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. These fields were not as popular or even offered in the past.
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Ethics in Nursing: Issues Nurses Face

Ethics in Nursing: Issues Nurses Face | Nursing then and now |
Nursing ethics shares many principles with medical ethics but it can be distinguished by its emphasis on relationships, collaborative care and human dignity. Because the health care climate is regularly changing, as is our society, it is crucial that nurs
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 7, 2014 9:32 AM
Patients have trust in nurses that they are up to date on their education and knowledge of the career. As a nurse you have to obligation to to be up to date with the board of nursing standards. These include completed continuing education requirements.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 7, 2014 9:37 AM
Nurses have to maintain professional relationships with physicians, coworkers, and patients, If a nurse notices a co-worker or physicians not acting professional they must report it .
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 7, 2014 9:39 AM
A nurse may disagree with the patients decision, but you can not go against the patient. As long as the nurse gives all the information to the patient it is the patients choice of what to do. It may be hard but you can not convince a patient to change their mind.
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Cutting-edge Nursing

Cutting-edge Nursing | Nursing then and now |
The rapid growth in information technology is having a radical impact on the education of nurses. This is the next generation of nursing.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 3, 2014 9:35 AM
Nurses in the past used to mix prescriptions without a pharmacist. Now pharmacists mix the medicines and nurses distribute it. Nurses used to have to weigh the patient manually. Now there are high tech beds that can automatically weigh the patient for them.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 3, 2014 9:37 AM
Technology has changed nursing the past. Computers are almost a necessity. In the past all the patient information was in paper, but now it is mostly electronic and easier to access.
Lauren Maggio's comment, March 3, 2014 9:39 AM
The technology in nursing school has also changed. Students now have the opportunity to participate in a simulation lab. This lab allows students to have hands on experience on a simulator and experience medical procedures and emergencies before actually starting their clinical experience.