Nursing is a profession within the Health Care Sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
Nurses care for individuals of all ages and all cultural backgrounds who are healthy and ill in a holistic manner based on the individuals physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, and spiritual needs. The profession combines physical sciences, social sciences and technology in caring for those individuals.
Indian Nursing Council believes in concept of Health laid down by World Health Organization (WHO) “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In order to provide qualitative Nursing Care there is a need to train nurses effectively to work as a team member of health care delivery system. Therefore their training should involve positive attitudes, knowledge, skills, professional expertise, latest trends in health care and health care needs of the community and the country as a whole.
As per the definition of Virginia Avenel Henderson “The Unique functions of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that she would perform unaided if, she had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.”
“Nursing is an art, and if it is to be made an art it requires as exclusive as a devotion, as hard as preparation, as any painter, or sculptor work; for what is the having to do with deed canvas or cold marble compared with having to do with the living with the living body- the temple of God, spirit? It is one of the fine arts; I had almost said the finest of fine arts.”
– Florence Nightingale