Ch 1: The Profession of Nursing

About This Chapter

Watch online nursing video lessons to learn about nurses' ethical concerns and job duties. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these nursing topics.

The Profession of Nursing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you have ever received medical care, especially in a hospital setting, then you probably are very aware of the importance of nurses. Nurses play a critical role in patient care, often providing more care than a patient's own physician. It is the nurse who does all the 'dirty' work, such as changing soiled bed sheets, helping patients to perform hygiene routines, checking incisions and monitoring the overall health of a patient. In this chapter, we will look at the nursing profession. This includes learning more about the job duties and standards which a nurse must meet. Lessons will cover topics that include:

  • Nursing functions
  • Understanding patient needs
  • Stress and nursing
  • The purpose of patient goals
  • Proper record keeping
  • Nursing ethics

VideoObjective
Roles and Functions of the Nurse Take a look at the patient care roles, including caregiver, decision maker, communicator, manager of care, advocate and teacher.
Understanding the Health Continuum: A Guide for Nurses Learn about factors influencing health, including genetics, age, environmental hazards, lifestyle factors and the effects of hospitalization.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Nursing Care Study the parallel between Maslow's hierarchy of needs and nursing practice.
Homeostasis and Adaptation to Stress Learn about homeostasis and how it's affected by stress.
Nursing Process: Purpose and Steps Examine the steps of the nursing process: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation.
Goal Setting in Nursing Explore the creation of measurable, patient-oriented goals.
Principles of Recording in Nursing Discover the significance of using proper record keeping to monitor a patient's progress.
Principles of Communication in Nursing Study the importance of accurate and effective written and oral communication in nursing.
Ethics and Values in Nursing Take a look at the ANA Code of Ethics.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Profession of Nursing
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Roles and Functions of the Nurse

1. Roles and Functions of the Nurse

A nurse may fulfill the role of caregiver, decision-maker, communicator, manager of care, patient advocate, educator, and many others as well. Learn the roles and functions of a nurse in general terms and explore real-world examples of how nurses care for their patients.

Understanding the Health Continuum: A Guide for Nurses

2. Understanding the Health Continuum: A Guide for Nurses

The health continuum is a tool used by nurses to educate patients on the trajectory of their health. Explore the illness-wellness continuum and examples of it, the 6 components of personal health, and how to create a specific health plan.

Homeostasis and Adaptation to Stress

3. Homeostasis and Adaptation to Stress

When it comes to mental health, homeostasis is the ability to maintain a stable psychological state despite varying stressors. Explore examples of how stress affects human beings, learn how people adapt to it, and discover how solution-focused coping can help.

Nursing Process: Purpose and Steps

4. Nursing Process: Purpose and Steps

The nursing process is a tool in nursing care that offers a framework and some organization to a nurse's critical thinking skills. Study the purpose of the nursing process and the five steps that follow the acronym ADPIE.

Goal Setting in Nursing

5. Goal Setting in Nursing

The purpose of goal setting in nursing is to establish specific and realistic goals that can be measured in real time to ensure patient progress is attained within a specified timeframe. Take a closer look into goal setting in nursing, SMART goal criteria, and real-world examples of nursing goal statements.

Principles of Recording in Nursing

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.

Principles of Communication in Nursing

7. Principles of Communication in Nursing

The principles of communication in nursing include effective oral and written communication. Learn about the different forms of communication and the importance of oral and written communication in healthcare.

Ethics and Values in Nursing

8. Ethics and Values in Nursing

Ethics and values in nursing are defined by the Code of Ethics for Nurses, written by the American Nurses Association. Explore the code of ethics and the nine provisions outlined by the American Nurses Association.

What Is Nursing Intervention? - Definition & Examples

9. What Is Nursing Intervention? - Definition & Examples

Treatments or actions taken to help a patient reach goals that were set during evaluative processes are called nursing interventions. Learn about the definition, types, and real-world examples of nursing interventions.

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