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Education of Nursing Health Care Providers in Family Health

  • By: Tess Judge-Ellis
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Nursing is a very visible and valued health profession. At a workforce of 2.5 million, registered nurses are the largest health care occupation. Each year, in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics of Professions poll, nursing is voted as the most respected profession in the United States. The impact of nurses on health care and the care of individuals and their families is wide-reaching. Nurses coordinate and provide care in nearly every aspect of the health care arena, and the impact that the nurse has on the family is immense. Some examples of nurse-family interaction include inpatient hospital care, nursing homes, outpatient primary care clinics, specialty practice, schools, prisons, homeless shelters, public health, and home health care.

Educational preparation for nursing is variable. This entry provides ...

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