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The nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses—a force for health

Authors: Pamela F. Cipriano

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Forget those old images of caps and white uniforms, or bedpans and hypodermic needles. Bedside care is still essential but today’s registered nurse is also a critical thinker, problem solver, sophisticated user of technology and leader in assuring patient centered compassionate care. It should then come as no surprise that for 14 straight years nurses hold the top spot of Gallup’s poll as the most trusted and ethical profession. The nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses are the eyes, ears and heart of health care everywhere you live, work, play, learn, relax and travel. So when you embrace mobile technologies supporting health care on-the-go, it is reassuring to know the healthcare provider you may not see is someone you can trust.

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