Can the health library help nurses speak the language which is unquie to them?  What is nurse informatics and how can the health librarian provide access to relevant health information  The nurses wiki  points to a definition of nursing theory that supports the practical aspects of nursing.

“To speak of nursing theory is often difficult. Nursing is many things to many people. Most universally agreed upon is that Nursing is a science involving people, environment and process fueled by a vision of transcendence in the context of healthcare. It is interesting to note that 90% of all Nursing theories have been generated in the last 20 years.’

The American Nurses Association defines professional nursing as: Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. ” (Nursing’s Social Policy Statement, Second Edition, 2003, p. 6 & Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2004, p.

Access to  and profusion of academic information is now needed by nurses in addition to the more  practical learning base that nurses are used to.