The Contemporary Role and Responsibilities of a Registered Nurse

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NSB117 Assessment 3                        

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

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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.

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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 health professionals. The nurse uses critical thinking skills throughout the nursing process to provide effective care. The nurse implement skilled clinical judgment to be exercised within the context of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to patient care.  

As a teacher or patient educator, the nurse explains to the patient and family concepts, facts about health ...

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