Is caring the same as nursing?

  • Rudolf Cymorr Kirby Martinez College of Nursing, San Beda University, Manila, Philippines
Keywords: Caring, Discipline, Knowledge, Nursing, Profession


This editorial asserts that caring and nursing are not synonymous and that all practitioners of the helping and healing profession, with their humanness and disciplinary training, are experts in human and professional caring. Their distinctive disciplinary perspective on caring reflects the notion that our understanding of caring is always imperfect, and its concept is continuously co-evolving with humanity. No discipline or profession owns the restrictive privilege of caring knowledge or the sole expertise in caring expression, not even nursing


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How to Cite
Martinez, R. C. K. (2020). Is caring the same as nursing?. Journal of Health and Caring Sciences, 2(2), 95-97.