Ch1 Roles & Functions of the nurse

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Ch1 Roles & Functions of the nurse
2011-06-15 10:33:09
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Roles and Functions of the nurse
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  1. Addressing the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the client.
    Ex: Assessing the client, giving medications, & patient teaching.
    Direct Care Provider
  2. Using interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills to address the needs of the client, to facilitate communication in the healthcare team, and to advise the comminity about health promotion and disease prevention.
    Ex: Counseling a client, discussing unit staffing needs at a meeting, providing HIV education at a local school.
  3. Assessing and diagnosing the teaching needs of the client, group, family, or community. Once the diagnosis is made, nurses plan how to meet these needs, implement the teaching plan, and evaluate its effectiveness.
    Ex: Preoperative teaching, prenatal education for siblings, & community classes on nutrition.
    Client/Family Educator
  4. Supporting clients' right to make healthcare decisions when they are able to voice their opinions and protecting clients from harm when they are unable to make decisions.
    Ex: Helping a client explain to his family that he does not want to have further chemotherapy.
    Client Advocate
  5. Counseling clients on health-related issues through the use of therapeutic communication skills.
    Ex: Counseling a client on weight-loss strategies
  6. Advocating for change that enhances health. The nurse may use counseling, communication, and educator skills to accomplish this change. Change may be advocated on an individual, family, group, community, or societal level.
    Ex: Working to imprice the nutritional quality of the lunch program at a preschool.
    Change Agent
  7. Inspiring others by setting an example of positive health, assertive communication, and willingness to improve.
    Ex: Florence Nightingale, Walt Whitman, Harriet Tubman
  8. Coordinating and managing the activities of all members of the team.
    Ex: Charge Nurse
  9. Coordinating all care delivered to a client.
    ex: Coordinator of services for clients with tuberculosis
    Case Manager
  10. Incorporating research into practice to provide the most appropriate care, to identisy clinical problems that warrant research, and to protect the rights of research subjects.
    Ex:Reading journal articles, attending continuing education, seeking additional education.
    Research Consumer