The Success Of A Nurse

926 WordsNov 11, 20154 Pages
As with any career-focused education, it is the students who determine the future triumph of that particular career. Nursing students are provided with the knowledge, tools, and experience that they need in order to be successful. Ultimately, the patient’s wellness is the central focus of the success of a nurse. The American Nursing Association defines nursing as, “…the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” (American Nurses Association, 2015). The responsibilities of a nurse are critical and uniquely tailored to each individual patient. One uniform piece that must remain consistent among the daily practices of a nurse is infection control. Body The basis of infection control is hand hygiene. Hygiene education often begins during childhood, with the aid of playful rhymes and charismatic diagrams on bathroom walls. Although the attempt to establish a strong habit of hand hygiene at an early age has good intent, it is not always successful or effective. Hand hygiene for health care professionals must be successful and effective in order to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), making hand hygiene a major part of the curriculum in nursing schools (World Health Organization, 2015). HAIs are infections that are acquired in a healthcare setting
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