I am gonna flunk this SOOO bad, but I'll give it a shot.
1a Defining nursing: Responding to illness. Providing, physical, emotional, educational support for individuals and families within an acute care hospital setting (which is my area of practice), or to others identified as needing such support. Observing response of clients to illness/disease process.
1b Nursing is different from medicine and other HC professions in that it provides more in-depth physical/emotional/educational care than the others. It also can be the "hub", a liason between other HC Profs, seeing where other professions fit into the picture much better than MDs, esp re: PT, OT, etc.
2. NO. I think nsg is an INTERdependent profession. We need MDs, they need us (in most arenas). I could NOT work w/out Resp Care, docs, and my profesional life would be far more difficult w/o OTs, Social Workers, and the like.
3. No. I bought a nursing theory book once. I even read some of it. Best sleeping pill in the world.
4. See above.
5. Neonatal network.
6. NANN. I picked it because I'm a NICU nurse. Used to be in Sigma Theta Tau. They picked me. Even helped the local start a newsletter. Almost forgot CNA.
7. 56. F. 33 yrs, 20 in neonatal. I have a diploma, and lots of community college classes. I also took a graduate level, 12 unit class in hospital epidemiology. In the 70's I co-published a paper about paronychiae in the "APIC" Journal-- it's called something else, now, and a small article in Nursing Managment.