April 4, 2006

Is nursing education unique?

Is nursing education a unique form of education? I think it is. Professional education of any kind requires both cognitive and affective learning. You need to learn not only ABOUT nursing, but also how to BE a nurse. Nursing is also unique among the allied health professions in that it covers a very broad area of knowledge. Almost anything dealing with health and illness, both physical and mental is subject to nursing care. And there's that word care. Many professions care, but caring has a special meaning in nursing. Nurses see caring almost as an intervention, not just having concern for the well-being of others.

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