Translated Titles

The Role of the Chinese Medicine Nurse in Taiwan: Professional or Assistant?




吳麗芬(Li-Fen Wu)

Key Words

中醫護理師 ; 專業 ; 助理 ; Chinese medicine nurse ; professional ; assistant



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

57卷6期(2010 / 12 / 01)

Page #

77 - 82

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Personal participation in first line Chinese medicine nursing practice made the author aware of a significant gap between learning and practice in traditional Chinese medicine nursing. For this paper, she interviewed physicians, nurses and patients, researched hospital system and regulatory requirements. She found that ”an assistant” is what Chinese medicine physicians expect of nurses, while patients expect a nurse to be able to help them complete treatment while having a good attitude. In order to distinguish clearly nursing from medicine, nursing scholars, with the help of the Chinese Medicine Committee have designed a Chinese medicine nursing training program. Administration is the main content of front-line nurses in this field. They typically have limited responsibilities related to health problem assessment, prevention, or providing guidance/advice. This article raised difficulties and contradictions between the role and practice of Chinese medicine nurses. Three suggestions are provided, including: clearer demarcation of job responsibilities; renewed respect for nurses as professionals; and including traditional Chinese medicine nursing into the formal nursing curricula in order to support a better future for Chinese medicine nurses.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學
醫藥衛生 > 社會醫學