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Nursing as an Art and a Science

Nursing as an Art and a Science

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Published by: Caitlyn Cannone on Nov 30, 2012
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Nursing as an Art and a ScienceNursing is considered to be both an art and a science. In my opinion, onecannot be a good nurse unless he or she understands and is sufficient in the art andthe science of nursing. One without the other only makes for an inadequate nurse.My goal in nursing school is to become both sufficient in the art and the science of nursing.The science of nursing refers to the skills and the technical knowledge that anurse acquires in school and in the clinical setting. This is the aspect of nursing that is learned and can be taught. It is critical for nurses to be competent in these skillsand nursing knowledge in order to provide their patients with the best possiblecare. However, a nurse who is simply competent in the science of nursing will not be able to connect with the patient or form a relationship. This is why the art of nursing is so important.The art of nursing is the innate aspect of nursing. A nurse can be told to becaring, compassionate and a good listener, but ultimately it must come from withinthe nurse. The art of nursing is just as important as the science of nursing. A nursemust always have a positive attitude and genuinely care about the patient. The
patient’s health and wishes must always be put first 
and feel like the center of the
nurse’s
attention. The art of nursing enables the nurse to connect to the patient andbuild a relationship. Building a relationship establishes trust that is vital inproviding care to the patient.I feel that to be a good nurse, one must be successful in the art and science of nursing. Without the art of nursing, a nurse would be able to give treatments, but 

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