“It's not just that nursing is becoming a broader field; it's becoming deeper, too.” That is a line from a recent article written by Charles Tiffin, PhD, Provost of Capella University. It certainly provides an opportunity for reflection on what nursing is in 2012 and beyond, and what it means to be a nurse. As contemporary data surfaces and contemporary healthcare evolves, societal notions of what a nurse is evolve in turn.
As Tiffin explains,
"Today's nurses aren't just caring for the sick; they're changing our very notion of modern medicine and health care delivery. Nurses are giving TED talks, publishing scientific research, developing mobile medical applications, and actively addressing health care policy. They're collaborating with their colleagues, from social workers and oncologists to hospital administrators and public safety personnel. The field is growing, and so are opportunities for nurse practitioners, DNP and PhD nurses, nurse educators, nurse-anesthetists, and nurse researchers."
I wanted to share those quotes with readers of The College Network Nursing Blog to inspire some deeper thought about the state of nursing, its place in our society, and the role of nurses. I encourage our readers to check out the entire article.