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Nursing

  • By: Margaret F. Clayton
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Nurses are found wherever people are found, encompassing the largest and most trusted (according to the Gallup Poll) occupation within the health care system. Almost everyone has interacted with nurses at some point in their lives, receiving physical and emotional care. The nursing role has evolved from a stereotypical angel of mercy and silent physician helper to interacting with patients, their families, and other health care team members in highly technical and complex environments. Nurses also care for communities by way of implementing health policy and preventive health measures. Nurses interact with patients, their families, and other health care team members in advanced practice roles employing diagnostic skills and prescriptive privileges for testing and medications. Finally, nurses can be found in policy, academic, and research ...

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