The portrayal of nursing is often as the doctor’s helper, those who empty bedpans, or give you a shot. The profession of nursing is much more than that. Registered Nurses (RN) are the core of the health care team; the nurse cares for and monitors patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Nursing care ranges from being present to providing complex care. Nursing is an art and a science.
The Art of Nursing
- A calling
- Culturally sensitive
Nurses care for the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. While caring for an individual, the nurse also cares for the family. Nurses provide care with respect and dignity for patients and their families.
Nursing requires creative approaches to providing care; not all patients have the same needs. When describing the art of nursing, a colleague stated, “Like a work of art, each encounter with a patient is unique.” (M.G. Hackney, personal communication, April 2015).
The Science of Nursing
The science of nursing is the application of theory to practice. The educational foundation of baccalaureate nursing (BSN) education includes liberal arts and sciences.
- Through liberal arts, nurses learn to analyze, problem-solve, think critically, and communicate.
- Through science, nurses bring forward knowledge of anatomy & physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, and sociology.
- Base their practice on evidence
- Are lifelong learners
- Are patient advocates
- Serve individuals, families, and communities in diverse roles
- Direct care providers in hospitals and clinics
Nurses are essential members of the health care team, collaborating with professionals from a variety of disciplines to ensure the provision of quality health care. Professional nursing requires innate qualities such as caring and compassion as well as a broad educational foundation, thus the art and science of nursing.The mission of the College of Nursing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is to prepare excellent professional nurses who contribute to the health and welfare of individuals, families and communities in diverse health care environments. If you are looking to attend one of the top nursing programs in the country, we invite you to visit our website for more information.