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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
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Roles and Functions of the Nurse

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.

Understanding the Health Continuum: A Guide for Nurses

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.

Homeostasis and Adaptation to Stress

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.

Nursing Process: Purpose and Steps

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.

Goal Setting in Nursing

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.

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

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.

Ethics and Values in Nursing

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.

What Is Nursing Intervention? - Definition & Examples

9. What Is Nursing Intervention? - Definition & Examples

Let's learn more about nursing interventions. In this lesson, we will cover the definition, the classifications and the different types of interventions that are available in the nursing profession.

Chapter Practice Exam
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