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What are the 11 key areas of responsibilities of a nurse?


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September 05, 2009 8:36PM

A. Safe and Quality Nursing Care

1. Demonstrates knowledge based on the health/illness status of individual groups

2. Provides sound decision making in the care of individuals/groups

3. Promotes wholeness and well-being including safety and comfort of patients

4. Sets priorities in nursing care based on patients' need

5. Ensures continuity of care

6. Administers medications and other health therapeutics

7. Utilizes the nursing process as framework for nursing

8. Formulates a plan of care in collaboration with patients and other members of the health team

9. Implements planned nursing care to achieve identified outcomes

10. Evaluates progress toward expected outcomes

11. Responds to the urgency of the patient's condition

B. Management of Resources and Environment

1. Organizes work load to facilitate patient care

2. Utilizes resources to support patient care

3. Ensures availability of human resources

4. Checks proper functioning of equipment/facilities

5. Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment

6. Practices stewardship in the management of resources

C. Health Education

1. Assesses the learning needs of the patient and family

2. Develops health education plan based on assessed and anticipated needs

3. Develops learning materials for health education

4. Implements the health education plan

5. Evaluates the outcome of health education

D. Legal Responsibility

1. Adheres to practice in accordance with the nursing law and other relevant legislation including contracts, informed consent

2. Adheres to organizational policies and procedures, local and national

3. Documents care rendered to patients

E. Ethico-Moral Responsibility

1. Respects the rights of individuals/groups

2. Accepts responsibility and accountability for own decisions and actions

3. Adheres to the national and international code of ethics for nurses

F. Personal and Professional Development

1. Identifies own learning needs

2. Pursues continuing education

3. Gets involved in professional organizations and civic activities

4. Projects a professional image of the nurse

5. Possesses positive attitude towards change and criticism

6. Performs function according to professional standards

G. Quality Improvement

1. Utilizes data for quality improvement

2. Participates in nursing audits and rounds

3. Identifies and reports variances

4. Recommends solutions to identified causes of the problems

5. Recommends improvement of systems and processes

H. Research

1. Utilizes varied methods of inquiry in solving problems

2. Recommends actions for implementation

3. Disseminates results of research findings

4. Applies research findings in nursing practice

I. Record Management

1. Maintains accurate and updated documentation of patient care

2. Records outcome of patient care

3. Observes legal imperatives in record keeping

4. Maintains an effective recording and reporting system

J. Communication

1. Utilizes effective communication in relating with clients, members with the team and the public in general

2. Utilizes effective communication in therapeutic use of self to meet the needs of clients

3. Utilizes formal and informal channels

4. Responds to needs of individuals, families, groups and communities

5. Uses appropriate information technology to facilitate communication

K. Collaboration and Teamwork

1. Establishes collaborative relationship with colleagues and other members of the health team for the health plan

2. Functions effectively as a team player