Since its development in the 1960s, primary nursing has become the model of care delivery in many health care settings. Over time, myths have developed about primary nursing’s relevance in environments with high acuity, varying skill mixes, diverse staffing patterns, and short lengths of stay. This article addresses those myths.
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In regularly scheduled, informal gatherings of nurses and others who care about the nursing profession, participants find support, encouragement, enlightenment, and hope.
Richard Olding Beard, founder of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, was a passionate and eloquent champion of educating rather than simply training nurses and of the contributions professional nurses make to social justice by improving the health care of society. The issues he wrote and spoke about are the same issues raised in contemporary discussions of entry-level preparation for nursing.
This essay speaks to the legacy value of nurses' caring for all people, no matter how they feel about the person's values or lifestyle, including the current issues around gender identity and sexual orientation. This legacy is deeply imbedded in the moral ethics of nursing and supports the proposition that if there isn't caring, it isn't nursing.
Communication and collaboration skills are important now among health professionals and are likely to become absolutely vital in the future. Health care team efficiency will be the hallmark of clinical and financial success as care delivery systems continue to evolve. Teaching these skills to beginning health professions students, with reinforcement throughout their education, is an exciting development in academia.