Professional Nursing Practice

Professional Nursing Practice 150 150 Tony Guo

Professional Nursing Practice

  • Definitions of nursing
    • Nursing is putting the patient in the best condition for nature to act (Nightingale)
    • The nurse’s unique function is to assist patients, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that they would perform unaided if they had the necessary strength, will, or knowledge—and to do this in such a way as to help them gain independence as rapidly as possible (Henderson).
  • Nursing’s view of humanity
    • Physiologic (Biophysical)
    • Psychologic (Emotional)
    • Sociocultural (Interpersonal)
    • Spiritual
    • Environmental
  • The individual is considered “a biopsychosocial spiritual being in constant interaction with a changing environment.
  • The individual is composed of dimensions that are interrelated and not separate entities.
  • Thus a problem in one dimension may affect one or more of the other dimensions. A person’s behavior is meaningful and oriented toward fulfilling needs, coping with stress, and developing one’s self.
  • However, at times a person requires help to meet these needs, cope successfully, or develop his or her unique potential.

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