Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in a wide diversity of practice areas with a different scope of practice and level of prescriber authority in each. Many nurses provide care within the ordering scope of physicians, and this traditional role has come to shape the historic public image of nurses as care providers. However, nurses are permitted by most jurisdictions to practice independently in a variety of settings depending on training level. In the postwar period, nurse education has undergone a process of diversification towards advanced and specialized credentials, and many of the traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.

Care Coordination

Clinical Guidelines

Compassion Fatigue

Complementary Therapies

Delivering Nursing Care

Emergency Preparedness

Emotional Health

Health Care

International Nurse Migration

Medical Science

Nurse Safety

Nursing Education

Nursing Practice

Nursing Research

Nursing Technologies

Patient Care

Patient Safety

Patient-Centered Care

Promoting Health Literacy

The Nursing Shortage