Journal of Professional Nursing

A Moment of Nursing: A Case Study

Maurice Drake, NZRN, BHSc(Nsg), Manakau City

Reference:  Drake, M. (1993). A Moment of Nursing: A Case Study. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 8(1), 35-39.


What is nursing?  According to Chinn and Kramer (1991) nursing is generally seen as a helping process with its primary focus on interpersonal interactions between a nurse and another individual.  They identify some common elements in nursing, such as ideas about the nature of nursing, the person, health, society and environment.  However, I believe that when nurses say what their nursing really is and means to them, it moves out of these boundaries and becomes a very personal, subjective and self-defined concept.

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