Professional Role of a Nurse

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A nurse is defined as a person that is trained to take care of the sick as well as those who are injured, especially in the hospital. Nursing, however, is defined as the promotion and protection of health and abilities; the prevention of illness and injuries. Having a clear understanding of the history of nursing allows other nurses to gain more of an appreciation for the important role that the profession has played in the Health Care System. (Egenes, 2007)

According to the American Nurses Association, the environment that you work in plays a very large role in one’s ability to provide quality health care. The atmosphere of the facility that a nurse works in is very important because it has an impact on everything from the safety of the patient to the work that the caregiver preforms. Having an unstable environment can affect a patient’s outcome, how long they might stay, increase or decrease a chance of death, and even prevent the nurse from working to their greatest ability. Registered nurses work in a variety of place settings. They may work in busy intensive care units or even health clinics in small neighborhoods. Nurses can work in emergency rooms, operating rooms, oncology centers, schools, rehabilitation centers and can even perform home care. They may work with a variety of patience that range from newborns, small children, teenagers, adults and even the elderly. Some nurses even work providing health services to mental health patience and those in need of psychiatric assistance.

Nurses often work in places where they perform hands-on care to patients which involves nurses having to administer medication, monitoring a patience condition, maintaining patient’s records and also communicating with other staff members as well as the patient and their family. Nurses are responsible for contributing to a moral environment that encourages respectful interactions with colleagues, support of peers, and identification of issues that need to be...
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