Nursing Careers And Registered Nurses

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“With loyalty I will endeavor to aid the physician and his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care”, this is but one passage from the nurse’s pledge. It is amazing how such a small phrase can hold so much meaning. A nurse is one who dedicates her time and life to the service of others. One who cares for the sick and infirm. Originally, nurses were nurses, but this day and age nurses are viewed as either Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses. Often the Licensed Practical Nurse is looked down upon and viewed as being below the Registered Nurse in skills and knowledge. More often then not, the License Practical Nurse takes on a larger load of work than the Registered Nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses are overlooked, underpaid and underappreciated. Although nursing is considered one of the most professional careers, it has not always been this way. In the middle ages, nursing care was originally carried out by Monastic nuns and prostitutes (When did Nursing Begin). It wasn’t until Florence Nightingale, a well-to-do woman from France, stepped in and built the face of nursing. Nightingale, often known as “the lady with the lamp”, was the first woman of high class to seek out nursing as a profession. She felt it was her Christian duty to care for the sick and was driven with passion to care for those in need. Florence Nightingale changed the way the world viewed nursing. In 1854, Nightingale and thirty-eight volunteers set out to help the wounded and sick soldiers in the Crimean War (When did Nursing Begin). They were stationed at a hospital in Turkey. Upon arriving, Nightingale immediately noted that the conditions on the hospital were unfit to care for anyone. She and her volunteers began cle... ... middle of paper ... ... It is generally the Licensed Practical Nurse that catches the minute changes in the patient and prevents them from deteriorating. Nurses are the backbone of healthcare. They have overcome many obstacles and grown greatly thanks to Florence Nightingale. Through the ages nursing has changed from “nurses are nurses” to Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. The responsibilities of the Registered Nurse are not much different than that of the Licensed Practical Nurse. The Registered Nurse is generally the “charge” or supervisor nurse and delegates the majority of the physical work to the Licensed Practical Nurse, while gaining all the glory, respect and better pay. Although both nurses play a very important and major role in the care for the patient the Licensed Practical Nurses is more often than not, overworked, underpaid, overlooked and underappreciated.
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