The nursing profession is crucial to the functioning of hospitals as they are directly involved with the patients and their relatives. That is why nurses are considered by the society as sisters. A nurse must combine scientific and technical knowledge along with communication, observation and clinical skills. In addition, she must possess personal qualities like sympathy, perseverance and skill of interpersonal relations. Other essential attributes are compassion, passion, integrity, tolerance of ambiguity, willingness to play with ideas, knowledge and inquiry, committed to viewing the social world from the viewpoints of people being studied, valuing of detail, willingness to inject something of themselves into the CARE process and hence into the outcomes. This combination makes nursing a challenging as well as a fascinating occupation.
There are different specialties in nursing services for which they are trained in nursing colleges. Nurses may work in a variety of settings ranging from large institutional settings to patient homes. The hospital, nursing homes, and extended care facilities employ most of the nurse. A new dimension of nursing is public health nursing employed in primary health services, which is the pillar of sound health infrastructure. The type of work nurses does vary greatly depending on where they work.
This book on Nursing Services in Hospitals would makes an important contribution to the knowledge and existing literature in this expanding field. Besides, this would help the academicians, national health officials, public health administrations, medical research workers and the policy makers and planners in the proper understanding of health and hospital care delivery system in the context of nursing services.