Social Concern: A Continuing Tradition for Nursing

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Executive SummaryNursing has long recognized the importance of looking at the social influences and impact on the health of individuals and the community as a whole.The World Health Organization defines health as “mental, physical and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”This broad definition supports the practice of nursing as looking beyond the physical and mental care of a client or population to the influences, challenges, and barriers to health.Nurse leaders know that health care does not start and end at the doorway of the clinic or hospital.

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