The Contemporary Role and Responsibilities of a Registered Nurse

The Contemporary Role and Responsibilities of a Registered Nurse. Student No.: n7497016 Subject: NSB117 Nursing and The Health Care System Tutor: Linda Ng Due Date: 04/06/10 Word Count: Group Process Essay The contemporary registered nurse is a complex professional. This is not simply a collection of specific skills and the nurse is not simply a person trained to perform specific tasks. According International Council of Nurses has said "Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles"( ICN 2010). The contemporary nursing requires the nurse to possess knowledge and skill for a variety of professional roles and resonsibilites includes clinician, manager, teacher, researcher, counselor and advocate. Clinical nursing provide direct care and the holistic healthcare needs of the person, including measures to restore emotional, spiritual, social wellbeing and helps the patient and family set goals and meet those goals. As a manager, the nurse coordinates the activities of other

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Principles and Practice of Nursing 1

Course:-BANS Nursing Studies (Adult Branch) Submission Date:-Friday 19th June 2009 Subject:-Principles and Practice of Nursing 1 September 2008 intake Word count:- 3757 My intention within this assignment is to focus upon the assessment of an individual patient which was in my care whilst on my clinical placement. This assignment is built up of two parts; the first part is the assessment process for this patient so that when the patient is in a health care setting their needs and health conditions are all met. There will be a holistic approach in order to make sure that all areas are covered, so that every area of the patient's health and wellbeing is assessed. To make sure this is covered correctly I will be using Roper el al (1980) 12 activities of daily living. The framework for this is very straight forward and most nursing hospital assessments are formed around this. This is because it is a good way of measuring a patient's capability while they are in your care. The second part of the assignment will discuss a nursing intervention which I helped to deliver to meet a goal of care for the patient. It is important to address that for legal and ethical issues these include confidentiality. As part for the Nursing and Midwifery Council Guidelines (2002) on confidentiality the name of the patient within this assignment will not be named because of this reason for this

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What are the issues surrounding Primary Care in the NHS

Introduction Primary Care is described as comprehensive health care for individuals and families in the community provided through an integrated network of services covering the common illnesses and injuries, maternal and child health problems, the care and rehabilitation of people with long- and short-term handicaps and disabilities, and health education. (Oxford Dictionary for Nurses, 2003) For the purpose of this paper, the issues being discussed will be; safety, communication, collaboration, assessments and referrals. Each issue will be discussed in detail and explore why it is important that these topics are followed. Safety There are several issues surrounding safety in the community that a nurse must consider when making a visit. These issues include: . home setting of the patient; 2. social influences including drug use and violence; 3. health and safety regulations; 4. Nursing supervision and backup. Nursing Supervision Burton et al suggest that nursing supervision in primary care is different to that of hospital care due to the Nurses close relationship with the General Practitioners (GPs), and the isolation which a Nurse working in primary care has to endure. Clinical supervision is described as "a method of support which enables nurses to develop their skills, knowledge and professional understanding." (UKCC 1996) All Nurses working in primary care has

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The Role Of A Nurse As A First Assistant

South Bank University Course: Theatre Course (level-3) Session: 2002-03 Student Name : Renuka Arora Student Number : 9856030 Topic : The Role Of A Nurse As A First Assistant Tutor : Marie Culloty Submission Date : 06 January 2003 Essay - REFLECTION IN PRACTICE Definition: 'Reflection is the process of reviewing an experience of practice in order to better describe, analyze and evaluate, and so inform learning about practice.' Boud et al(1985) Many authors have utilized frameworks and models to guide reflective practice. Attached are a number of different models: Suggested Reading: Schon D (1983) The reflective practitioner, Temple Smith London; Drischoll D(1994) Reflective Practice in practice Senior Nurse 13,7, 47-50. Description of incident: I was asked to check in a patient Mrs Jones for the vascular theatre. Mrs Jones was 65 yrs old lady admitted for thyroidectomy. Mrs Jones was already waiting in the reception area. I took the patient notes from the ward nurse to confirm the patient identity and to check the pre op-check list. During this time I asked Mrs Jones that if she has any medical problems. Mrs. Jones told me that she had chest pain this morning, that's the same time when nurse told me that at the time of chest pain they have done an ECG and they were trying to get contact with the anaesthetic

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Chronic Illness

As our population gets older there will be increasing numbers suffering from chronic illness and disease. This focus and aim of this assignment is to discuss the challenges of this for both the health service and the individual. Perhaps the best place to begin is to consider how chronic illness has been defined. There are many definitions of chronic illness some more expanse than others. It is characterised as a condition that requires ongoing adjustments by the affected person and interactions with the health system. The Centre for Disease Control's National Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2000) broadly defines chronic disease as illnesses that are prolonged, do not resolve spontaneously and are rarely cured completely. Chronic illness may get slowly worse over time. It may cause permanent body changes to the body and it certaintly affects the persons quality of life (Locker 2003, cited by Scambler 2003). Advances in public health, medical treatment and technology enable people to live longer lives. The longer one lives the more likely one is to develop a chronic condition. Premature infants who would have once died at birth now live. People injured in car accidents now survive, when once they would have died. The increasing presence of people with disabilities in society and the increasing proportion of elderly people in society is a testament

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In the context of lifelong learning within nursing, midwifery or healthcare, discuss what study methods may help you achieve your individual goals effectively.

Coventry University School of Health and Social Sciences Course - BSc (HONS) Child Health. Cohort - Sept 03 102NS Life Long Learning Emma Arber (Group A) Assignment Title - In the context of lifelong learning within nursing, midwifery or healthcare, discuss what study methods may help you achieve your individual goals effectively. Set Word Limit - 2000 Word Count - 1994 Submission Date - 10th February 2004 In the context of life long learning within nursing there are many different study methods available to us. Half the battle is won when the individual has chosen the method which is most effective to them. Study can involve working alone or with others, and to achieve goals effectively the correct method is vital. Unfortunately there is no way of determining the best method; it is a case of trial and error. The key to learning is to define and comprehend what lifelong learning is. Once an individual has established this, to be an effective learner one has to apply it. Life long learning is a continuation of learning after one has finished a particular course. In the case of a nursing degree it means staying up to date with policies and procedures and developing new branch specialities, but it can be applied to anything from business to driving. To break this down further what does the term learning mean? It is a common task we practice every day often without

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Models and framework of care

Word Count: 2125 Models and Frameworks of Care A patient centred approach Student Number [Pick the date] This essay will explore a needs orientated approach to the care that is delivered to a patient and examine the significance of the use of models and frameworks in the nursing process. The issues discussed will focus on defining who is a person and what is person centred care, based on two nursing needs. A patient from practice will be used throughout in order to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the problems of the chosen patient and the nursing care provided. It will also consider the responsibilities and roles of health professionals and how they meet the needs of the patient and how they deliver person centred care. In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) Code of Professional conduct, anonymity and confidentiality of the patient will be maintained. For the purposes of this essay the patient will be referred to as Lee. The relevant admission documents were collected and the assessment procedure was explained to Lee. It is important to build a relationship with the patient at initial assessment as being in hospital is stressful for the patient. Hinchliff et al 2003 suggest nurses should aim to relax the patient using open and friendly communication skills, which will provide reassurance and treat Lee as an individual. Lee

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Ethics and Law

Introduction In every nurse's career, a nurse is faced with many legal and ethical dilemmas. According to Bandman et al ethics in relation to nursing care can be defined as "Nursing decision affect people...nurses have the power to do good and harm to their patients." (2002). This essay will examine the case study and highlight main areas of concern namely consent, autonomy and communication. For the purposes of this essay the patient in the case study will be referred to as Mrs K. I shall look at the importance of being accountable for ones actions and then demonstrate how to possibly establish if an action is unethical, unprofessional or unlawful. The concepts which will be highlighted include confidentiality, communication, informed consent, autonomy, advocacy, accountability referring to the Mental Health Act 2005, Mental Capacity Act and The NMC Code of Professional Conduct 2008. Furthermore I shall argue how the health professionals involved could justify their action encompassing two ethical principles. Equally Mrs K's possible reaction will be considered if she discovered both the procedure went ahead given her refusal as well as her DNR order being ignored during surgery. In conclusion this essay will open up the legal aspects of this case study and draw on its conclusion So how does a nurse establish if an action is unethical, unprofessional or unlawful?

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In order to full fill the requirements for learning outcome (LOC) 6 I will compare my first placement with my experiences from following placements - This will allow me to reflect on my progression as a paediatric nurse.

Learning Outcome 6 In order to full fill the requirements for learning outcome (LOC) 6 I will compare my first placement with my experiences from following placements. This will allow me to reflect on my progression as a paediatric nurse. Schon (1991) identified 2 sub categories of reflection, reflection on action and reflection in action and I have decided the most appropriate method of reflection for the purpose of the LOC, is reflection on action. This is reflecting after an event has happened or in my case, my progression from the beginning of my training until now. My chosen tool of reflection is Gibb's reflective cycle (1988). Kitchen (1999) describes this model as useful for the less experienced reflective practitioner. Ghaye and Lillyman (1997) also have supporting favour of this model as it aims to incorporate feelings, knowledge and action in one cycle of learning. I, therefore, feel this is the most appropriate model for me and as Johns (1995) explains, the purpose of reflection is to promote the practitioners understanding and learning about his/her lived experience. This model will therefore help me to achieve this type of understanding and learning from my past experiences. Description The first experience I remember was the handover from the night staff to the morning staff. I can remember thinking the language used could not be English. I had no

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It will talk about how to maximise someone's health after they have had a stroke. This assignment will talk about a particular person called Mr J. The name has been changed for confidentiality reasons

This assignment is on maximising health. It will talk about how to maximise someone's health after they have had a stroke. This assignment will talk about a particular person called Mr J. The name has been changed for confidentiality reasons in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct (NMC 2003). Strokes can affect anyone but they are more common in the older population and those who suffer from high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders. The effect of a stroke depends on how much, and which part, of the brain is affected. Major strokes can be fatal. However, many people make complete recoveries from minor strokes. Many, perhaps most, strokes can be prevented. The most effective treatment for a stroke is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Therapies to prevent a first or recurrent stroke are based on treating an individual's underlying risk factors for stroke or preventing the widespread formation of blood clots that can cause strokes in anyone, whether or not risk factors are present. Some people are at a higher risk of stroke than others. Factors such as age, gender, race/ethnicity and family history of stroke cannot be changed. However you can control other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cigarette smoking and diet. The earlier you get a condition diagnosed and treatment started,

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