Fundamentals of Nursing
Nurse - Roles and Functions

Nurse – Roles and Functions

A nurse is a professional who is focused in health related issues and views man as a whole being. The most important tool in providing nursing care is through utilization of the nursing process. In order to be a registered nurse, a student nurse must be able to acquaint himself with the various roles and...
Nursing Documentation and Reporting: Do’s and Don’ts

Nursing Documentation and Reporting: Do’s and Don’ts

Nursing documentation is responsible for keeping the legal record of the patient, which is known as the patient’s chart, regarding his personal information and care. On the other hand, nursing reporting occurs when two medical professionals directly and indirectly involved in the care of the patient collaborate and exchange information about the care of the...
ADPIE (Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Intervention, Evaluation) Charting for Nurses

ADPIE (Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Intervention, Evaluation) Charting for Nurses

Did you know that improper documentations can cause errors in the health care settings that could led to patient having adverse reactions or worst death? Nurse instructors always stress out how important to do documentation correctly. This is the reason why, clinical instructors keeps on asking for revision on practice documentations done by students. So...
Infection Control and Asepsis

Infection Control and Asepsis

Microorganisms, whether we like it or not, are present everywhere even on areas we can’t set our eyes upon. It is present in the water we drink, in the things we use even in our body surfaces, in our mouth, intestines and evidently in our skin. There are a number of these microorganisms that are...
Common Use Nursing Abbreviations & Medical Terminologies List 2

Common Use Nursing Abbreviations & Medical Terminologies List 2

One essential part of nursing practice is accurate record keeping. Documentation is equally important as communicating by phone when relaying information to other healthcare professionals.This list of Common Use Nursing Abbreviations and Medical Terminologies is continuation to the previous set . Abbreviation / Symbol Meaning gm Gram g Gauge GALT Gut associated lymphoid tissue GB...
Nurse – As the Change Agent

Nurse – As the Change Agent

Being a change agent is one of the major roles of the nurse in the health care system. The nurse takes effect on the transformations of different lives, for both ill and well, through the various functions they perform. Chin and Benne in 1985 formulated a theory on the strategies in effecting changes to other...
Care for Patient with Mechanical Ventilator

Care for Patient with Mechanical Ventilator

Patients who are critically ill and need oxygen support are usually attached to mechanical ventilator. That’s why, nurses who are in the assigned in the intensive or critical unit should be competent in caring for the patient with mechanical ventilator. Though there are technicalities that a nurse should consider, in this article, we will be...
The SBAR Method - Patient Assessment and Nurse-Physician Encounters

The SBAR Method – Patient Assessment and Nurse-Physician Encounters

There will always come a time when you have to relay critical patient information to an attending physician. Am I hearing pounding heart sounds? You don’t have to worry, because you will be experiencing nurse-physician encounters more often than you think and doing it right the first time will surely impress your co-workers and physicians...
Florence Nightingale - The Woman Behind the May 12 Celebration

Florence Nightingale – The Woman Behind the May 12 Celebration

[quote_center]“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”[/quote_center] – Florence Nightingale We all know who Florence Nightingale is. She was known to be ‘lady with the lamp,’ and the ‘mother of modern nursing’. She also developed the famous theory called ‘Environmental theory’.  This May,...
Hand Washing Technique: Steps to Break Away from Infection

Hand Washing Technique: Steps to Break Away from Infection

Keeping clean and sterile is the fundamental principle for breaking the chain of infection. One of the most well-known and basic ways yet practiced is hand washing. It is considered as the most important practice to control the spread of infection. The healthcare providers are not the only ones required to do hand washing. Even...
Nurse’s Role in Health Promotion

Nurse’s Role in Health Promotion

Health literacy is defined as “the degree of which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decision” (Institute of Medicine, 2004). In addition, WHO explains health literacy more completely as follows (Nutbeam, 2000): (1) “Health literacy represents the cognitive and social skills...
FDAR Charting - How Nurses Do It

FDAR Charting – How Nurses Do It

Focus charting or simply termed as F-DAR is a kind of documentation utilizing the nursing process and involves the four steps: assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. It is a systematic approach. It is focused on the care of the client and related strengths or concerns.  One F-DAR charting is solely concerned on one particular problem...
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