Is the nursing profession in good health?

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Nursing is an art; and if it is to be made an art, it requires as exclusive a devotion, as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or cold marble, compared with having to do with the living body - the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts; I had almost said the finest of the Fine Arts.-Florence Nightingale

In February, an Air Asia advertisement caused an uproar among the nursing community – and for good reason. The advertisement, which read “You want your momma, because you are in the hospital with lousy nurses,” was termed offensive by the president of the Malaysian Medical Association, Dr N. K. S. Tharmaseelan, as “it belittled the nursing profession1.”

A petition put up on change.org calling for the advertisement to be withdrawn drew more than 1,000 signatures. Among the signatories was Teh, 58, who had devoted most of her life caring for the health and comfort of others.


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