Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses who have received special courses and training. They usually work closely with doctors and can perform many high-level primary care tasks. They often specialize in specific types of practice such as pediatrics, psychiatry, or obstetrics. Some establish private practices; however, most work in doctors' offices, hospitals, or neighborhood health centers. Their duties often include taking detailed medical histories and performing complete physical exams, providing diagnoses and recommending treatment plans, treating common medical conditions, illnesses, and injuries, prescribing limited medications, and counseling patients and families. They also care
The purpose of the nursing practice field experience is to enhance leadership and research skills; identify shortcomings in policies, procedures or processes; and improve the current processes to ensure optimal patient-centered, healthcare delivery through the use of up-to-date evidence-based resources.
The second half of my preceptorship went well and I learned a lot. I felt comfortable giving medications, performing assessments, and caring for the patients. I was able to complete all of my objectives. We were in the ER for one day, and the rest of the time my preceptor was the Charge Nurse on the med-surg floor.
Nurse Practitioners, or NPs, are advanced practice registered nurses who provide care to patients throughout their lifespan, from babies to the elderly. Nurse Practitioners perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations, manage high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and other chronic health problems. They a diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries, provide immunizations,order and interpret diagnostic tests such as X-rays and EKG's, which are “noninvasive tests that is used to reflect underlying heart conditions by measuring the electrical activity of the heart” (“Electrocardiogram: Learn What The Results Mean”). They also perform laboratory tests, prescribe medications and therapies, perform procedures, and educate
The concept of nurse residency programs is not by any means a new concept. Programs have been grounded on Benner’s theory of novice to expert. Benner established the notation that nurses develop skills and understanding of job skills over time through an education also with hands on experiences. She noted a nurse passes through five levels of proficiency: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert and was generally reached only after years of gaining experience as a practicing nurse. A nurse residency can facilitate new nurse graduates to transition smoothly through the levels and sometimes even more quickly. As a new graduate a nurse residency program is very appealing, not only does it help mentor you through novice period but also helps develop competent nurses for the organization.
I have scheduled an interview and time to observe a nurse leader with the Director of Nursing (DON) for the Virginian Nursing and Rehab facility in Fairfax, Virginia for Thursday October 2, 2014 at 7:30am. I plan on spending a full eight-hour shift with the nurse leader observing the following three leadership activities: 1) Observing her making rounds on the units 2) Observing and or participating in a nursing leadership meeting and 3) Observing the facility’s interdisciplinary team meeting.
The health care industry is experiencing a surge in the number of baby-boomers needing health care and increased demands on the physicians providing the care. This trend has made the role of Advanced practice providers more important (cite). It is imperative to understand the differences and similarities in the advanced practice provider roles as it pertains to healthcare. This paper will identify specialty nursing roles including advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). It will further compare and contrast the advanced practice nurse (APN) and physician assistant (PA) roles in practice.
This process paper will evaluate the complex relationship between disease pathophysiology and how it has progressed to the patient’s current state of health. It will include a comprehensive discussion of chronic and acute problems leading to the patient’s hospital admission, a complete description of interrelationships and pathophysiology for all medical diagnoses, a comprehensive discussion of the client’s signs and symptoms and results of all diagnostic studies to the underlying pathophysiology, and a comprehensive listing of all medications ordered at the time of admission with explanations of why each was ordered and identification of the most common side effects which may
The patient tells me that she is unsure when her last menstrual cycle was. Her periods are very irregular and she had not been keeping track of it. She and her husband have been attempting pregnancy for the last year and a half and she tells me that as of Thursday, August 27th, she and her husband had gone through the procedures for adoption. She said that she knows she ovulated on August 18th. She was using an ovulation kit. She took a home pregnancy test on the 28th, which was positive, repeated with a different brand of test on the 29th and that was also positive. She has a regular gynecologist with York Gynecology, Robert Cervenka, MD, that she uses regularly, and she already has an appointment with him
Increasing acuity and rising complexity of acute-care patient populations, lack of a standard national nurse residency program, low job satisfaction scores of graduate nurses, and a high turnover rate of graduate nurses are a few of the important factors that led to the creation of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) national nurse residency program (NRP).
When deciding to advance a nursing career from registered nurse to an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or APRN, there are many avenues to choose from. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is a broad term for a Registered Nurse who has obtained at least a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Every nurse has different interests, and reasons for the type of nursing they choose; as well as strong suits in his or her specialty. For this reason it is important to research all education categories of APRNs. Categories of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing include Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Each type of Advanced Practice Nurse has a broad scope of practice, giving a Registered Nurse who is looking to
The national league for nurses defines critical thinking in the nursing process as “a discipline specific, reflective reasoning process that guides a nurse in generating, implementing, and evaluating approaches for dealing with client care and professional concerns” (Kozier, 2008). This definition is imperative to help a nursing student learn how to think in terms of nursing care. Nursing students must achieve a comprehensive understanding of critical thinking in order to understand the nursing process. The purpose for this paper is for nursing students to learn how to use the nursing process, how to properly document their findings and assessments, and correctly implement APA formatting in a formal paper.
The nurse manager I selected to interview is a Baccalaureate degree nurse and has attended several in-house training sessions related to her position within the hospital. She attended Lenoir Rhyne University to obtain her BSN and has been employed with the institution for 13 years and has been in nursing for nearly 20 years. She is currently certified as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and is also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The Hospital that she is employed with is a private hospital she manages a 15 bed emergency department and 6 bed express care facility, which also holds several involuntary commitments for several hours at a time waiting on placement.
The orientation process for new hires lasts six weeks. The new nurse attends nursing orientation for one week and then is assign a preceptor on the unit for each shift. The DPCS introduces the new employee to their preceptor. This nurse works three weeks on the day shift, one week on the evening shift and one week on the night shift working with both medically acute rehabilitation patients and surgical patients. Nurses receive extra days of their orientation with patients that the nurse has limited clinical experience such as a nurse with postoperative experience will work more with the medically acute rehabilitation patients to practice new skills. For new graduates their orientation is individualize and can last from 8-16 weeks.