As the nursing profession has expanded through advanced degrees, specialization, and clinical practice, nurses’ salaries and responsibilities also have increased. Now, hospitals substitute non-nurses for nurses to perform all but the most technical tasks. Rely on your textbook and other resources to explore this trend. Then, submit a short paper discussing this trend and touch on the following:
- What are the implications for the nursing profession?
- Consider what new policies or financial pressures may have contributed to this shift.
- Have nurses lost their traditional role of hands-on patient care and, if so, is that to their advantage or disadvantage?