• The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge. And to do this in such a way as to help him gain independence as rapidly as possible.

    Virginia Henderson (1991). “The Nature of Nursing: A Definition and Its Implications for Practice, Research, and Education : Reflections After 25 Years”, ABRAMS