ANA OJIN About Logo
OJIN is a peer-reviewed, online publication that addresses current topics affecting nursing practice, research, education, and the wider health care sector.

Find Out More...


Letter to the Editor

  • As the general public slowly recognizes the nurse practitioner as a primary care provider, society has a right to question whether or not the profession is in keeping with their own unique code of ethics.

  • Continue Reading...
    View all Letters...

Reply by Meyer, Lavin to Cockerel on "Vigilance: The Essence of Nursing"

m Bookmark and Share
 

March 27, 2006
in response to letter by Alice J. Cockerel on  Vigilance: The Essence of Nursing by Geralyn Meyer, PhD, RN; Mary Ann Lavin, ScD, RN, FAAN (June 23, 2005)


We are pleased that our concept of vigilance as the essence of nursing rings true with someone who has practiced nursing for more than two decades. The writer’s experience of continuing to monitor a patient because of a feeling that something is "just not right" is familiar to many nurses. We also agree that vigilance becomes second nature to a nurse. The continual scanning of the environment for cues is something that nurses do routinely and is often difficult to express in words. But putting a name on that vigilance and being able to record it and communicate it to other health care providers and to health care payers is of paramount importance to our profession. We can not allow the vigilance that is so much a part of what nurses do to remain unnamed and, therefore, invisible to those outside our profession. Developing and using standardized language for surveillance diagnoses will allow us to communicate our vigilance in, and across, practice settings and to study it via the research process.

Geralyn Meyer

Mary Ann Lavin

From: 
Email:  
To: 
Email:  
Subject: 
Message: