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Where are the Nurses…
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Added: 02/05/2012
"It is time to clean up, once and for all, the images and stereotypes that do not reflect the real world of nursing despite continually being perpetuated by the loudest voices and vested interests. It... is time for nuress to be just as loud aand to take their rightful seats at the table of policy decision making at all levels... Nurses must take charge of thier own future and demand better universal education and status. The nursing problem is so vast taht ultimately it will take informed participation from all parties to develop a realistic solution..." Marilyn Gendek is a respected authority of nursing within Australia, having had a diverse range of roles within the nursing profession. With this in mind, her chapter is a fascinating and insightful commentary of the current nursing profession. More specifically, she considers the incongruent role of a 'nurse'; the negative consequences of nursing stereotypes for the improvement of the profession; the further diminishing of nursing numbers and therefore the potential degradation of working conditions. However, this chapter contrasts this with a motivational and prescient discourse about the future of nursing through the inclusion of nurses in policy and role development. 
Student Nurses' Perspectives
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Added: 02/05/2012
Grace McCorkell - It is widely understood that the future lies in those youthful enough to affect and experience it. This is a perceptive commentary into the reasons why a high school graduate ch...ose nursing, and thereby is an invaluable resource in understanding how the youth of our contemporary society view nursing. More specifically, Grace McCorkell touches on very interesting aspects of nursing, which she has encountered. Namely, the ability to assist and care for those who need it most; the job security inherent in the profession; the diversity of roles and responsibilities in every nursing aspect; the continual ability to improve and update a nurse's clinical knowledge; and the ability to place value and respect in every human being as an equal member of the human race.Zoe Youl - It is widely understood that the future lies in those youthful enough to affect and experience it. This insightful, intelligent and interesting perspective provides a glimpse into the reasoning behind a student's decision to embark upon a nursing career. More specifically, Zoe Youl describes the pre-conceived perspective she had about the nursing profession and how this was altered by personal experiences and external influences such as advice from other nurses. In addition to this, she implicitly conveys that touching, caring aspect that is so cherished within a nurse.Tamarin Macleod - In this student nursing perspective, the unique position of a career-change to nursing is explored. As Tamarin Macleod decided to become a nurse at 33, she shows that more pragmatic approach to the decision to become a nurse. That is to say, she frankly acknowledges that some areas of the profession are less appealing. However, the overwhelming judgment of nursing is that the prominence placed in care and patient-centric focus is validating and exhilarating.
A Crucial Commodity: A Filippino Perspec...tive
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Added: 02/05/2012
"When faced with a shortage of trained nusse in their own countries, developed nations aggressively sought nurses from the Philippines where the education of nurses for export had long been an accepta...ble economic and labour market strategy. Ironically, however, nurses from the Philippines are eager to provide excellent healthcare services to an international population in need of assistance but are unable to find hte opportunity. It seems preposterous that, while most countries struggle to meet a growing demand for nursing care, hudnres of thoughsands of nurses in the Philippines are unemployed, unable to find a job in their own coutnry or elsewhere..." The worldwide shortage is expected, both currently and prospectively, to create a situation of increasing urgency. This naturally encourages a supply-demand style economics equation with relation to nurses and their demand. However, this equation transcends borders due to the global impact of the nursing shortage. Answering the question as to 'why the world needs nurses', lawyer Andrew Fornier provides and interesting analysis of this situation. In his chapter, the reader develops an understanding as to the situation of these commodified nurses by looking to the case study of Filippino nurses. Further, he provides a sociological commentary about the current situation of these Filippino nurses in so far as they are paradoxically struggling to find work in a world with an unsatiated demand for them. 
Nurse Practitioners = Emerging Roles, Te...chnology and Tension
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Added: 02/05/2012
"As people live longer, increased numbers of skilled nurse practitioners are urgently needed to meet the changing needs of communities; in particular, access to effective and inexpensive health care. ...We are witnessing a dramatic increase in the average life expectancy in some populations. This is due to general improvements in health, such as access to antibiotics, clean food and water, as well as improvements in illness preventions, diagnosis, diet and exercise..." One important aspect of 'why the world needs nurses' is looking at the contemporary and future role of nurses. That is to say, Nurse Practitioners have been a significant development in the current practice and perception of the nursing profession. Not only have they provided greater efficiency within the health care system, but they have also extended the influence of nurses in recognised positions of authority. All of these topics are raised and discussed in this prescient and fascinating chapter. 
Nursing Career Opportunities: A Diverse ...and Multi-skilled Profession
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Added: 02/05/2012
"When we hear the word 'nurse', we automatically imagine someone who works in a hospital, a doctor's office or evena school and who practises 'traditional nursing'; that is, what some might call 'beds...ide nursing'. There are, however, many nurses who began their careers in a traditional bedside or clinical nursing role, but who have taken different career paths..." And so begins this chapter exploring just 'why the world needs nurses'. Interestingly, however, Diana Gier looks at the multi-faceted and diverse career opportunities for nurses or individuals with a nursing qualification. Looking first to clincial settings, a number of career ideas are identified; including management and administration positions, public health nursing, prison or jail nursing, nurse practitioner, and nurse educator to name but a few. In addition, more unusual nursing careers are also highlighted - such as being a 'telenurse', legal nurse consultant, sexual assault nurse examiner, military nurse, and nurse lobbyist. Further, this chapter is written in a highly engaging manner, as Ms Gier not only explains some of the professions, but uses cases studies (i.e. examples) to provide snippets of insight into the everyday life of such nurses. 
Nursing and Humanity: The Unteachable Ta...lent
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Added: 02/05/2012
"From the perspective of someone who's proud to be a psychiatric nurse, in a career spanning four decades, I believe that a nurse's dedication and love for their patients makes the world a far, far be...tter place. We would all be the poorer if nurses were somehow wiped away (not so ludicrous an idea when faced with the waning numbers entering hte profession), and patients were treated in an impersonal manner..."Answering the question as to 'why the world needs nurses', this male psychiatric nurse provides an honest, genuine perspective that explores concepts of nursing often overlooked. Trevor Emdon has had a vast nursing career - both in time and in topic. From working with troubled teens, to clinically institutionalised patients; from working in stressful and emotionally tiring environments, to working in those more positive sectors. With this invaluable experience, he explains the unbelievable impressionable aspect that nursing provides -i.e. how nursing positively impacts both the patient directly, and the nurse (although as a consequence of providing care). Whilst the difficulties inherent in mental health nursing can tend to discourage and overwhelm some nurses, the touching and sincere effects that mental health nursing provide are interestingly discussed in this chapter.
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