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Health and Social Care-A2- Unit 2-Practitioner roles - comparing a teacher and a nurse.

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A2 Unit 6 Practitioner Roles Main duties and activities of an Adult Nurse: Adult nurses are responsible for working with both old and young adults with diverse health conditions which may be acute, chronic, physical or mental (1). Nurses are the only practitioners that care for patients for 24 hours whilst all the other practitioners such as doctors only see patients for a short amount of time before handing them over to a nurse (5). Adult nurses have many duties as their aim is to try and improve people?s quality of life even if the situations seem difficult (1). Adult nurses face different situations everyday hence why being a nurse can be challenging but also rewarding. A nurse?s day is usually very busy and packed as they are not only looking after one patient but may look after a number of patients at the same time. A nurse?s day consists of; writing patient?s care plans, providing nursing care to patients in hospitals, at home, nursing homes or in other settings. Nurses implement plans and follow up tasks. Some of the day to day duties of adult nurses are preparing patients for operations, cleaning and dressing wounds, monitoring patients? temperature, pulse and blood pressure (1). Nurses have to observe and record the conditions of their patients and respond quickly to emergencies through reporting any abnormalities to the GP; they check and administer drugs and injections, set up any drips or blood transfusions, assist the doctors during the ward rounds and procedures. Adult nurses also delegate tasks to students and junior staff. Adult nurses have to speak to their patients all the time during procedures, reassuring them in order to relieve anxiety and they also have to communicate with the patients relatives. It is the nurse?s responsibility to give health education to the patient and their relatives; they are also responsible for mentoring students and supervising junior staff (8). ...read more.

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The benefit of an increase in birth rates maybe that more maths teachers will be needed in schools in order to teach the students. Immigration: More people are coming into the UK unlike before meaning that they will be more children that will be attending secondary school; this means that maths teachers will be expected to teach maths to children whom come from different countries which can be challenging but also fulfilling. The number of maths teachers in secondary school may also increase due to this factor (45). Inner city: If a maths teacher was looking to work in inner city areas, they may find a job quicker as inner city areas have a higher population of people as compared to outer city areas so they have a higher chance of getting a job in a secondary school as compared to looking for a vacancy in outer city areas where there?s not a lot of people. Technology in schools: A math teachers job may become simplified through the advancements made by technology, for example because of the supply of computers maths teachers are now able to send their students to the ICT room for them to get on with some maths questions or even to download some past papers. Also in the classroom maths teachers may use the smart board when showing pupils how to work out a maths equation. Annual leave/ Holidays: Maths teachers are entitled to annual leave and pay but the length of their annual leave is determined by how long they have been working for. In the first year of service a maths teacher can get full pay for 25 working off and after completing 4 calendar months service it will be half pay for another 50 days. If a maths teacher has been working for 2 years, they?ll receive full pay for 50 working days and then half pay for another 50 working days; during the 3rd year of service they will receive full pay for 75 working days and half pay for another 75 working days. ...read more.

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Adult nurses could distract patients when giving injections to them, through engaging in a conversation with them so that when the needle is placed in them, it will not hurt as much as their muscles will be relaxed not tensed. Modelling: Adult nurses could model to patients through showing them how to behave around the hospital so that they will follow that example will also know what is expected of them when in hospital. For example adult nurses could tell and show a patient and their visitors/ family and friends that when walking around the hospital, they must not shout or scream as it will disturb and create a bad atmosphere for other patients. Showing approval: When adult nurses give patients approval it makes the patient happy as they will feel that their nurse actually likes and cares for them; for example adult nurses could give approval to their patients after giving them an injection through saying ?well done, your very brave?. Approval can also come through the showing of body language or face expression so when at times adult nurses should give patients thumbs up or a smile with a nod. Setting challenges: Setting challenges is all about giving patients tasks and activities that will be challenging to them but will help them improve their confidence and skills. Adult nurses could set a patient who had a leg operation 3 weeks ago the challenge of putting on their trousers by themselves, this way the patient may develop the skill of putting their trousers on by themselves even when their leg is hurting. Relevant caring skills and techniques- How Maths teachers apply these to students: * Social perception * Observation Communication: Maths teachers must try to effectively communicate with their students so that the students will be able to call for help when struggling with a maths equation and not feel awkward about it. * Encouraging adaptive behaviour * Creating trust * Reducing negative feelings and behaviour * Gaining compliance * Eye contact * Disengagement * Physical contact * Distraction * Modelling * Working alongside * Showing approval * Setting challenges ...read more.

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