Keeping the Balance between Basic and Technical Nursing

  • Aideen Phillips


To begin this talk I think it is necessary to give a brief outline of the circumstances that have led up to the situation as it is now, of keeping the balance between basic and technical nursing. With the advances of medical knowledge and treatment the nurse of today, though basically fulfilling the same role of caring for the patient, and carrying out treatment prescribed, has taken on a much wider field of work. Something that the nursing profession often asks itself is “Have Technical Advances Improved Patient Care”. The answer to this must necessarily be yes, should be yes, and must, in the case of the nurse, be yes. Nurses as members of the major caring profession are concerned in the management of the total care of the patient, and therefore any means that are used to aid the nurse in this, must improve care.


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    Editorial 63.23 The I.C.U. and The S.E.N. June 9, p 745, 1967 — Nursing TimesGoogle Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aideen Phillips
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  1. 1.Westminster HospitalLondon S.W.1UK

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