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Nursing Presence: Putting the Art of Nursing Back Into Hospital Orientation

Kostovich, Carol Toliuszis PhD, RN; Clementi, Pamela S. PhD, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 70–75
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000045

Nursing presence, the “doing for” and “being with” patients, embodies the holistic work of the registered nurse. However, nursing presence is seldom reflected in hospital orientation curricula. Programs traditionally orient nurses to policies and psychomotor tasks but exclude emphasizing how to “be with” patients. This article describes how one Midwestern academic medical center incorporated both the art and science of nursing into orientation.

The authors share how one Midwestern academic medical center included both the art and science of nursing into hospital orientation content.

Carol Toliuszis Kostovich, PhD, RN, is Research Health Scientist, Edward Hines Jr., Veterans Affairs Hospital, Hines, Illinois, and Associate Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Pamela S. Clementi, PhD, RN-BC, is Nurse Manager, Department of Nursing Education, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, a Member of CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Michigan.

Dr. Kostovich received support for this paper from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development/Office of Academic Affiliations Post-doctoral RN Fellowship TPN 42-002. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position and/or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Government.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Carol Toliuszis Kostovich, PhD, RN, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153 (e-mail:

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