This course introduces the student to nursing as a professional discipline. The concept of a professional nurse is addressed through a brief overview of nurs- ing historical development, definitions of nursing, nursing education, the prac- tice, roles of the nurse and nurse’s accountability. The conceptual basis for nursing practice is presented as the relationship which exists among human needs, adop- tion and homeostasis, alterations in health, voluntary and involuntary processes, and nursing intervention. The position of nurses in the health care delivery system of the Country is explained through a description of its organization and admin- istration, facilities, and personnel. International health and nursing organizations are discussed.