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Leanne Grace

Student Registered Nurse,

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What is the Public perception on the role of the modern nurse?

Nurses roles and our scope of practice has been dramatically changing in terms of modern nursing. We have many different registration levels and standards. We as the nurse have an idea of how we think our patients perceive us, but is this actually the way people feel about the care they have received? Especially to those of an older generation, have you seen a change in the care provided by nursing staff in your lifetime? And what role do you think the nurse plays within the health care team? Where do you think the nurses job ends and where for example the doctors job begins. Now I don't want to give away too much information because I wish to know what your personal perceptions are!

I am from Australia so my understandings are based on our system of care and on how things work here. But I am also very interested to here any experiences about care in other countries. Similar changes have been experienced in most developed areas in relation to nursing.


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