Why nursing?
Subject: Nursing
Author: Kalman, Melanie
Pub Date: 09/22/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of the New York State Nurses Association Publisher: New York State Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New York State Nurses Association ISSN: 0028-7644
Issue: Date: Fall-Winter, 2010 Source Volume: 41 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 257675200
Full Text: I have been in the nursing profession for more than 40 years. I am as excited about nursing now as I was when I graduated, perhaps even more so. Why? Nursing always keeps my interest. I've had many positions during my career but have always stayed in nursing. The field is never dull, and there is so much to learn. One can work in critical care, the operating suite, as a nurse manager, in infection control, or as an educator. Yet although I worked in all of these somewhat disparate areas, there was a core function to nursing that remained the same: decreasing stress in the patient and family.

In this issue, the authors of two articles describe stress reduction suggestions to meet the needs of patients in very different settings. Klainberg, Ewing, and Ryan have written a timely article regarding stress reduction on the college campus. As we are all aware of various recent school shootings, we can no longer close our eyes to the reality of students' stress in both high schools and on college campuses. The authors describe how they began their campus wellness program, which included a stress reduction room. The cost was not prohibitive and served a much-needed purpose.

In the second article in this issue, Hadsell discusses the feelings of disconnection, frustration, and fear that parents experience when their newborns are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. In other words, they feel stressed. New mothers, especially, want to care for their infants in every way possible. How can these mothers feel that they are helping with their hospitalized babies' care? Ms. Hadsell suggests that by initiating breast pumping, mothers will be able to maintain the ability to provide essential nutrition for the infant when he or she is ready to breastfeed. Who better than the postpartum nurse to teach these new mothers and, by doing so, to enable them to feel they are helping their infants by providing nourishment?

Yes, the field of nursing is exciting and continually evolving, as these articles affirm. Research publication is the key to spreading the word about best practices and advances in care. Please consider submitting a manuscript. Those on the editorial board would be glad to help support you in your publishing effort. For additional information and author guidelines, go to the publications area of www.nysna.org. To keep your own practice current, be sure to take advantage of the convenient CE opportunities also included in this issue; they start on page 17.

Melanie Kalman, PhD, CNS, RN
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