Essential Requirements for the
Practice of Nursing: An AnalysisThe application of the art of nursing to specific persons in need of
nursing assistance constitutes the practice of the art. Nursing, like
all arts, has a range of practice that extends from the simple to the
complex and at all times has undeveloped, partially developed, as well as
unknown areas of practice. Since nursing is an art that renders a personal
service to patients and physicians, it is necessarily practiced in those situations. The requirements for the effective practice of the art of nursing are
derived from the art itself, from its modes or forms of practice, from the
situations where patients reside and where physicians give medical care,
and from the practitioners of nursing. There is need to understand these
requirements, since the practitioner of nursing does not have responsibility
for, and often has no control over, the specific situations in which she
practices her art. The nurse goes where she is needed by patients and
by physicians.The essential requirements for the effective practice of nursing fall into
three groups: relationships, qualifications of practitioners, and situational
requirements. The specific requirements that constitute each group are
listed as follows.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS for
THE PRACTICE OF NURSING
|1. A personal relationship between the nurse and her patient, like the
relationship between friends, with the nurse in the role of the more|
This paper was originally presented as a report prepared for the Division of Hospital and Institu-
tional Services of the Indiana State Board of Health in October, 1956.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Self Care Theory in Nursing: Selected Papers of Dorothea Orem.
Contributors: Katherine McLaughlin Renpenning - Editor, Susan G. Taylor - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 3.
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