About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Profession of Nursing chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Nurse functions, health continuum and the nursing process||Summary of the role of a nurse, including teacher, caregiver, care manager, advocate, decision maker and communicator; examples of health factors, including hospitalization, age, lifestyle, genetics and environmental hazards; steps in the nursing process, such as assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, planning and implementation|
|Tuesday||Health care delivery system and Abraham Maslow||U.S. history of health care finance and delivery, features of the health care system and its effect on the general population, patients and practitioners; Maslow's hierarchy of needs|
|Wednesday||Stress in nursing||Homeostasis and its effect on stress, defense mechanisms, fight or flight response, rest and activity changes|
|Thursday||Nursing diagnosis statement, goal setting and record keeping||The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association Taxonomy of 1997; purpose and implementation of nursing goals; methods and importance of reporting and recording nursing activities|
|Friday||Communication skills, SOAP notes, ethics||Ways to communicate with medical staff, patients, doctors and families; subjective, objective, assessment and plan (SOAP) method of reporting and recording; importance and function of American Nursing Association's Code of Ethics|
1. Roles and Functions of the Nurse
What exactly does a nurse do? This lesson explores some of the different roles a nurse plays in patient care, including caregiver, decision maker, communicator, manager of care, patient advocate, and teacher.
2. Understanding the Health Continuum: A Guide for Nurses
We all want what's best for our patients. Utilizing the health continuum can help us achieve this. Learn about what this means and how you can accomplish it in your own practice.
3. Homeostasis and Adaptation to Stress
Homeostasis can seem complicated, but really it's just a balancing act. This lesson will look at how stress can affect us and the important part it plays in maintaining homeostasis.
4. Nursing Process: Purpose and Steps
The nursing process is a series of organized steps designed for nurses to provide excellent care. Learn the five phases, including assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating.
5. Goal Setting in Nursing
Goal setting in nursing provides direction for planning nursing interventions and evaluating patient progress. Learn how to create measurable, patient-oriented nursing goal statements.
6. Principles of Recording in Nursing
Proper record keeping is an important aspect of patient care. A patient record is a permanent document that chronicles a patient's care history. Learn why record keeping is important and the principles of record keeping in the nursing profession.
7. Principles of Communication in Nursing
How important is effective communication in the world of nursing? This lesson will go over the different types of communication and how they relate to nursing and other areas of healthcare.
8. Ethics and Values in Nursing
Many professions have their own code of ethics, including nursing. This lesson will walk you through the nine provisions within the nursing code of ethics and how to interpret these in your own practices.
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