As we all are aware, Nursing is a profession guided by evidence. Improvements are continuous and must be tested and demonstrated through the scientific method. The purpose of evidence based practice is to provide a better explanation and more workable solutions to problems. However, one may say that Nursing is an art that requires exclusive devotion and relying solely on scientific literature takes away from the Nurses ability to hone into his/her craft by being alert and responsive to the needs of his/her patient and therefore not always used in practice.
“Art and literature are essential to help us deal with and live in a world transformed by science and technology” (Darbyshire, 1999).
Can you recognize the development of your craft?
Do you believe there is a divide in nursing as a science and nursing as an art?
Has the science of Nursing caused harm or helped the profession advance?