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Nursing professionals

Nursing professionals provide treatment, support and care services for people who are in need of nursing care due to the effects of ageing, injury, illness or other physical or mental impairment, or potential risks to health. They assume responsibility for the planning and management of the care of patients, including the supervision of other health care workers, working autonomously or in teams with medical doctors and others in the practical application of preventive and curative measures.

Job Definition

(a) planning, providing and evaluating nursing care for patients according to the practice and standards of modern nursing
(b) coordinating the care of patients in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams
(c) developing and implementing care plans for the biological, social, and psychological treatment of patients in collaboration with other health professionals
(d) planning and providing personal care, treatments and therapies including administering medications, and monitoring responses to treatment or care plan
(e) cleaning wounds and applying surgical dressings and bandages
(f) monitoring pain and discomfort experienced by patients and alleviating pain using a variety of therapies, including the use of pain-killing drugs
(g) planning and participating in health education programmes, health promotion and nurse education activities in clinical and community settings
(h) answering questions from patients and families and providing information about prevention of ill-health, treatment and care
(i) supervising and coordinating the work of other nursing, health and personal care workers
(j) conducting research on nursing practices and procedures and disseminating findings such as through scientific papers and reports

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