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Nursing and the critical art of being present

from By Keith Carlson

During the celebration of Nurses Week 2014, I have been giving a great deal of thought regarding what it means to be present when engaging in the delivery of nursing care. Having said that, what exactly is presence? And how do we nurses actively cultivate it while performing the tasks associated with our work? While we may frequently say that nursing care is all about the patient, the truth is that your ability to be present is where it all begins. A nurse who is present brings so much more intrinsic value to the act of nursing and patient care, whereas a nurse who is on autopilot may as well be a robot. more

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