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You’re Never 'Just' a Nurse

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Nurses play a central role in the delivery of patient care, research, education, public health and a myriad of other areas. As the largest percentage of the healthcare workforce in most countries, the entire system would literally cease to function without nurses.

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Nurses play a central role in the delivery of patient care, research, education, public health and a myriad of other areas. As the largest percentage of the healthcare workforce in most countries, the entire system would literally cease to function without nurses. Why, then, are nursing professionals so quick to say, “Oh, I’m just a nurse,” when asked what they do for a living or what their job is like? What makes nurses so ready to diminish themselves, and how can we empower nurses to think differently about their importance?

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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at www.nursekeith.com and Digital Doorway.
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Agnita Joy
27 Oct 2020
One of the best articles that I have read on nurses empowerment.
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Kylie austin
03 Nov 2020
Could you imagine the Covid pandemic response without nurses
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Dan Alminaza
03 Dec 2020
This is a great read! thank you :)
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Pratila Shrestha
03 Nov 2020
After this, i get to know more knowledge about many things that i was unaware of. It helped to to understand many different new things.
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Aldella dawo
10 May 2021
Very much good
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Ellen McGann
27 Nov 2020
Uplifting.
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Heather Blackhall
23 Apr 2021
For too long nurses have down-played and down-graded their professional role. It is time we, as individual nurses recognised that we are very special people. I also think we need to use this professional pride to recognise that our role is being seriously eroded. Tasks and duties of nurses are being assumed by many other allied health professionals, and maybe because we don't have a strong professional identity, nurses are just letting it happen when other professionals would object strongly if we were to do it to them. For example, nurses recognise that they do not dispense medications but pharmacists will happily assume the role of vaccination and monitoring the general public for diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illnesses. Dressings - long our exclusive domain -are now being done by non-nurses (podiatrists, doctors and pharmacists).
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Bina Baniya
20 Mar 2021
Useful
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Sandra Castle
30 Oct 2020
It helped me reflect on the issues I have at work and why I am a nurse.
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Lyn Powell
19 Nov 2020
Very good.
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