Discussion: The Essence of Nursing
According to Hundt (2020), there is renewed attention on Florence Nightingale in the Year of the Nurse. Nightingale’s 19th century observations that natural light and a view of nature improve hospitalized patients’ recovery has been validated in randomized-controlled trials. Currently, there are interdisciplinary teams that include nurses and architects, that design optimal healing environments with a focus on patient-centered care.
Delivering the kind of care that Florence Nightingale practiced hinges on nurses fully utilizing their education and training and on their taking the lead to improve health care safety and quality and patient outcomes (National Academy of Medicine [NAM], 2020). Think about how you incorporate science into your everyday practice. Right now, for example, you may use your understanding of pharmacotherapy when safely administering medications. In the future, do you see yourself applying your research expertise by collecting or using clinical data to improve patient outcomes at your place of work or in the larger community?
Hundt, B. (2020). Reflections on Nightingale in the year of the nurse. American Nurse Journal. https://www.myamericannurse.com/reflections-on-nightingale-in-the-year-of-the-nurse/
- Review the articles and media from this week’s Learning Resources.
- Review the Week 4 Discussion Rubric, provided in the Course Information area or accessible through the link below.
- Review the Writing Resources tab on the left-hand menu.
By Day 3
Post a 3-paragraph response (of at least 350 words) to the following:
According to Ma, Shang, & Bott (2015), it is critical that contemporary nurses have strong leadership and collaboration skills to improve health care. Reflect on and describe the expertise that you expect to acquire with your education at Walden. Envision yourself taking the lead to improve patient quality and safety in your practice setting and describe what that might look like. Describe the knowledge and skills needed to achieve your professional goals.
Be sure to use evidence from the readings and include in-text citations. Utilize essay-level writing practice and skills, including the use of transitional material and organizational frames. Use the writing resources and the Week 4 Discussion Rubric to develop your post.
By Day 7
Read two or more of your colleagues’ postings from the Discussion question.
Respond with a comment that asks for clarification, provides support for, or contributes additional information to two or more of your colleagues.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting and continue the Discussion for the remainder of the week. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your classmates made.