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Figure 1.1 The role of comprehensive nursing care is to provide holistic and patient-centered care that addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients, families, and communities. (credit: modification of work “Day in the Life: Labor and Delivery Nurse” by R.J. Oriez/U.S. Air Force, Public Domain)

As aspiring nurses, you are about to embark on a journey that will showcase the multifaceted nature of nursing practice. Comprehensive care is the cornerstone of nursing practice, encompassing a holistic approach that considers not only the physical aspects of patients but also their emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

By adhering to the principles of nursing practice, which include person-centered care, professional integrity, and lifelong learning, nurses become advocates for their patients, ensuring that their needs and preferences are at the forefront of care. We will also cover the importance of establishing therapeutic relationships, effective communication, and cultural competence as essential components of comprehensive care.


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