Nurses are also at risk for violence and abuse in the workplace. About 21 percent of registered nurses are union members or covered by union contract. Blood pressure is essentially the amount of blood the heart pumps, as well as the resistance to blood flow in the actual arteries. Etiology Essentially, gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. In providing care, nurses implement the nursing care plan using the nursing process. At this rate, 1 L of fluids takes 1 hour to infuse. There is more information about tube sizes, flow rates and cleaning instructions in Homemade Supplemental Nursing System.
Less air flow is able to flow into and out of the alveoli both trapping CO2 as well as restricting O2 entering. There are two types of COPD: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. The most common cause of COPD is smoking of any form: Any lung irritant can cause COPD and also exacerbate it. Clear, even, non-labored breathing while maintaining optimal oxygenation for patient.
Inability to speak full sentences have to stop to breath. Blood clots formed from any source, lodging in the patient leg or arm, impeding blood flow. This backup of blood pools in the extremity causing swelling, redness, warmth and pain. Narrowing or occlusion of the vessels in an extremity. If caused by plaque cholesterol and other substances this could be from poor diet, lack of exercise, or genetics. However, blood stasis can cause aggregation of platelets and other blood products forming a clot that travels to the extremity or heart, lungs or brain!
The most common cause of blood pooling stasis is Atrial Fibrillation AFib. Other major causes are prolonged sitting, pregnancy, smoking, and birth control. Stabilization of the blood clot or disintegration of the blood clot as well as prophylaxis treatment for future blood clots.
The body makes insulin to assist with this process. Insulin is a hormone that allows the sugar in the blood to move across the cell wall so the body can use to to produce ATP. There are two types of diabetes. Type I and Type II. Type I is an autoimmune disorder where the cells attack the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Thus the body is producing very little or no insulin leaving the sugar in the blood and the cells starve.
Thus the sugar stays in the blood and the cells starve. The cause for Type I diabetes is unknown, but hypothesized to be potentially genetic or triggered by a virus. The cause for Type II diabetes is caused by a storm of events culminating such as weight gain, lack of activity, genetics, and stress levels.
When this happens, the body begins to break down fat as energy which produces a build-up of acid in the bloodstream called ketones. This is a serious life-threatening condition that occurs most often in Type I diabetics.
Ketoacidosis can occur when diabetic patients experience emotional or physical stress such as with bacterial infections UTI, etc , prolonged vomiting, surgery or when they miss doses of insulin. Alcohol and drug abuse in a diabetic patient can also cause the body to produce ketones that poison the blood. Maintain blood glucose level within the target range, maintain normal fluid balance. Destruction of the alveoli shapes and functionality. Normally alveoli are little pouches of springy grapes, but patients with emphysema have misshapen pouches that are not springy.
This causes CO2 to stay in the alveoli and not exhale out of the body as well as making it harder for O2 to enter into the alveoli. High levels of CO2 which is acidic can cause complications such as respiratory alkalosis. Exposure to lung irritants in the air: The repeated assault of stomach acid and bile into the esophagus. This assault can sometimes cause esophagitis and eventually the thinning of the lining of the esophagus. A weakened esophageal sphincter allowing the acid or bile up into the esophagus from the stomach.
Patients at high risk include: Obese patients, pregnant patients, patients who smoke, and those with a hiatal hernia. Some medications can place a patient at higher risk too, such as antihistamines, pain medications, calcium channel blockers, and antidepressants. Maintain a normal amount of acid in the stomach, eliminate or decrease burning in the esophagus from acid splashing up and protect the GI tract from bleeding. Bleeding along the lining of the Gastrointestinal Tract is hard to recognize because it is not something you can see immediately, or necessarily get imaging or laboratory test work to discover the cause of bleeding right away.
Upper GI bleeds will come out as dark tarry stools and lower GI bleeds will come out as bright red bleeding. Also, monitor for blood in the vomit, and be aware of coffee ground emesis because blood can curdle in the acidic stomach environment.
The bleeding along the GI tract is from a perforation somewhere in the intestines or stomach. Can be caused by too much acid ulcer , an abnormal formation in the colon tumor, polyp, hemorrhoids , inflammation of the lining diverticulitis, colitis or any sort of trauma to the GI tract. Controlling and stopping of the bleeding, vital signs back to baseline, normal blood counts such as hemoglobin.
Glaucoma is group of diseases in which the pathophysiology is not fully understood. It is also a condition which remains largely asymptomatic until it is in its advanced stages. At its most basic level of understanding, the pressure in the eye on the optic nerve increases, which leads to cellular death and ultimately vision loss.
The mechanisms in which the pressure increases differs between the different kinds of glaucoma. We will discuss the two most common. Open-angle and angle-closure are the most common kinds.
It occurs over a long period of time. Slowly, drainage canals become clogged, which results in higher pressure. The second most common kind of glaucoma, angle-closure, is a sudden condition that comes on quickly and requires immediate treatment.
It is usually related to some sort of eye trauma. This must be treated immediately and is considered a medical emergency, as permanent blindness can occur without appropriate treatment. Because the most common kind of glaucoma occurs slowly over years without symptoms, screenings are essential. This is why a glaucoma test is routine in eye exams, even for young adults.
The exact cause of glaucoma is unknown. As far as the most common type of glaucoma, open-angle, the theory is that the drainage system of the eye becomes insufficient over time and subsequent pressure builds up.
Decrease intraocular pressure as quickly as possible, prevent further visual damage. Gout is a metabolic disorder and form of arthritis. Uric acid crystallizes and deposits into joints and body tissues, most frequently in the big toe. This results in pain, inflammation, stiffness, and redness. An acute attack can occur, which includes sudden severe pain, frequently in the middle of the night. Essentially, gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Use of diuretics can also be the cause.
The pathophysiology of HTN is quite complex. Blood pressure is essentially the amount of blood the heart pumps, as well as the resistance to blood flow in the actual arteries. When someone has higher pressure for an extended period of time, it begins to cause problems. HTN is called the silent killer because it can begin to cause problems without any symptoms. Many times it has been happening for years undetected.
The way it is detected is with a simple blood pressure screening, hopefully done at an annual physical. However, if someone does not regularly visit a physician and get checkups, then this may go undetected for a long period of time. There is primary and secondary HTN. Primary HTN is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Secondary HTN comes from an identifiable cause for example, sleep apnea or hyperthyroidism. Keep in mind, higher blood pressure for a short period of time is normal.
Your blood pressure will naturally increase during times of stress or pain, but the HTN we are discussing is chronically elevated even during times of relaxation. Primary HTN can be caused by many different factors. The older a person is, the higher the likelihood of HTN.
Family history, body weight, sedentary lifestyle, not enough of certain vitamins like Vitamin D , not enough potassium, too much sodium, or excessive stress can all be a causative factor of primary HTN.
Control blood pressure down to a safe level appropriately. Please note, if a patient has had chronically elevated blood pressure for years or is in a hypertensive crisis , they may need their blood pressure lowered slowly, as they can have symptoms of hypotension at even normal blood pressure levels. If symptoms present, that means the disease process has most likely progressed significantly. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood.
There are many kinds of leukemia, however the basic pathophysiology is that somehow the DNA of immature blood cells is damaged. This causes those blood cells to develop and divide abnormally. This presents quite a problem, as the abnormal blood cells begin to accumulate and take up a lot of space, eventually crowding out the good and healthy cells.
This impairs the function and growth of healthy cells. The exact etiology of leukemia is unknown, but there seems to be higher likelihood of it developing when certain environmental and genetic factors are present. Genetics, radiation or chemical exposure, viruses HIV , previous chemotherapy, and also those with Down Syndrome appear to have a higher incidence of leukemia. Minimize complications, resolve and recover from leukemia if possible.
Some types of leukemia can be cured, while others cannot. Maximize the normal blood cells and minimize the abnormal ones. Cardiac muscle tissue death from lack of blood flow. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells. When this is decreased, cells die also called necrosis. Cardiac muscle cells dying is problematic as they do not regenerate although there is some debate of this topic: Narrowing or occlusion of the cardiac vessels that perfuse the heart.
The plaque that causes this could be from poor diet, lack of exercise, or genetics. It can also be from a deep vein thrombosis DVT that has broken free embolus and landed in the heart. Re-perfusion to cardiac muscle and return of cardiac muscle functionality, or as much as possible. Neutropenia is an abnormally low count of neutrophils, which is a type of white blood cell. Neutrophils are made in the bone marrow, so anything that inhibits or disrupts that process can result in neutropenia.
It also can result if neutrophils are destroyed by medications, for example Neutropenia can be congenital or acquired. Acquired neutropenia result from nutritional deficiencies, infections Hep A, B, C, HIV, and more , medications, chemotherapy, leukemia, alcohol use disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
Restore neutrophil count, prevent additional destruction, prevent infection. Many patients are unaware until the lab is drawn and the diagnosis is made. Even after bone are done growing after childhood, bones are constantly being broken down and replaced.
Bone truly is living tissue. There is primary and secondary osteoporosis. Primary osteoporosis is from the normal age-related bone loss, while secondary osteoporosis is due to some other disease process. During younger years, bone is regenerated faster than old is broken down. Therefore, the overall bone mass will increase.
See the table below for a comprehensive list. Pneumonia is essentially when fluid or pus gets trapped in the alveoli of the lungs pictured below and impaired gas exchange results.
This can impact one or both lungs. Below are the important differentiations of pneumonia these definitions, except the first one, are from Cleveland Clinic. Establishing the kind of pneumonia is essential, in that the treatment course can differ. The first picture below is normal, unobstructed gas exchange. If you look to the second picture, you see the alveoli have an accumulation of fluid in them, which impairs the gas exchange that should occur to provide appropriate oxygenation into circulation.
Inflammation can also occur. Antibiotics are administered, and the choice of which is dependent upon the offending pathogen, any other medical conditions going on with the patient, and if there are any antibiotic resistances present. Oral antibiotics are given typically for community-acquired pneumonia, however if the patient is hospitalized, they will most likely receive IV antibiotics. Steroids are typically administered to address inflammation. Pneumonia can be caused by a virus, bacteria, fungus, or from inhaling something a chemical, inhalant, or aspirating on food or fluid.
This can be of particular risk to those with a weakened immune system or unable to keep your own airway clear for example, unable to cough or maintain consciousness due to neurological or other injury. Resolve the infection, optimize gas exchange, minimize impact from impaired gas exchange.
Postpartum hemorrhage is the excessive bleeding following delivery of a baby. For vaginal delivery, excessive bleeding would be more than ml and for cesarean delivery, more than ml. This may happen with vaginal or cesarean delivery and occurs in out of women. The hemorrhage may occur immediately after birth, or over several hours following delivery.
Normally, the uterus continues to contract after the delivery of the baby and placenta. These contractions actually help close the vessels that supplied blood from the mother to the baby. When these contractions do not continue, or are not strong enough, hemorrhage occurs. Sometimes, a tear in the cervix, placenta or the blood vessels within the uterus may cause the hemorrhage. Risk factors include obesity, multiple births twins or more , many previous pregnancies, blood clotting disorders, infection, prolonged labor or use of assistive devices such as forceps or vacuum to delivery the baby.
Patient will maintain optimal fluid balance and vital signs within normal limits. Essentially, at its most basic level, respiratory failure is inadequate gas exchange. Your body desperately needs oxygenated blood to function. Restore oxygen levels of blood as appropriate and remove excess carbon dioxide. Essentially, skeletal muscle is destroyed for various reasons and their intracellular contents in particular myoglobin leak into the bloodstream.
Quite a few things can cause this. One that has been discussed more frequently recently is due to the increase in people engaging in high-intensity workouts like CrossFit. This causes intense muscle breakdown, which can result in this condition. Trauma can also be a cause, as well as conditions of genetic origin, seizures, metabolic issues, temp-regulating issues, and many medications. A few medications that can cause this to occur include statins, diuretics, aspirin overdose salicylate toxicity , recreational drugs like cocaine and amphetamines, and narcotics.
The exact patho of RA is not fully understood, although there is thought to be a genetic component leading to more susceptible individuals. Essentially, something triggers the immune response that something could be an infection, trauma, or something of that nature and this leads to synovial hypertrophy synovial lining of the joint and chronic inflammation of the joint s.
Basically, this inflammation becomes uncontrolled and leads to the destruction of bone, cartilage, and even tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Like the pathophysiology, the etiology is unknown. However there are some factors that seem to contribute to its occurrence. These factors include genetics, various infections, sex hormones, as well as immunological factors.
There is no cure for RA, therefore the goal is to manage symptoms and slow the disease progression. Some alternative therapies like fish oil, tai chi, and various plant oils have demonstrated improvement in RA symptoms. Seizures are a very complex neurological issue. Here is the definition from Medscape of a seizure: Basically, abnormal electrical discharges are occurring in the brain.
There are different kinds of seizures epileptic, focal-onset, general-onset. The exact cause of a seizure can be extremely difficult to pinpoint. John Hopkins Epilepsy Center divides seizures into two categories: The etiology of provoked seizures can include: Source link listed below.
Stop any current seizure activity as soon as possible, minimize damage, and prevent it from occurring in the future. The immune system kicks into overdrive, for whatever reason, and cannot be calmed down. As the healthcare team, we are trying to turn the immune response down as best we can… but it is VERY challenging. The challenge is that it can present with very subtle symptoms and progress quickly.
Time is of the essence in sepsis recognition and treatment. Essentially, the cause of sepsis is the original infection. Examples include pneumonia, urinary tract infection, infection in the bloodstream bacteremia , etc. Lessening the immune response, prevention cellular death, resolution of infection, minimizing damage from cellular oxygen deprivation and lactic acid build up, maximizing cardiac output and resolution of the condition. Hypovolemic shock is a loss of blood volume leading to decreased oxygenation of vital organs.
Any condition causing loss of circulating blood or plasma volume. Hemorrhage from any large source. Burns plasma loss due to capillary permeability. Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea.
The goal is to restore circulating blood volume, preserve hemodynamics, and prevent any damage to vital organs. A stroke is essentially a neurological deficit caused by decreased blood flow to a portion of the brain. They will be classified as either hemorrhagic or ischemic.
An ischemic stroke is the result of an obstruction of blood flow within a blood vessel. Both of these can cause edema and cellular death. Lack of blood flow for greater than 10 minutes can cause irreversible damage. Some of those who are at highest risk are those on anticoagulation therapy. People are on anticoagulants therapy for various reasons mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation, etc. Diabetes is also one of the major risk factors, in addition to atherosclerosis, hypertension, cardiac dysrhythmias, obesity, substances abuse, and oral contraceptives.
Clot-busting meds can be given to restore blood flow for ischemic strokes. Hemorrhagic strokes are managed by keeping the blood pressure controlled, controlling intracranial pressure, reversing any anticoagulants on board, and even very invasive procedures or surgery to relieve increased intracranial pressure.
You want the patient to gain back as much function as possible. This is done slowly over time by the brain creating collateral circulation around the infarcted area. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are essential aspects of stroke recovery. Some patients may make a complete recovery, while others may have profound deficits.
Syncope is essentially a loss of consciousness, which is typically caused by hypotension. The brain lacks adequate blood flow and a temporary loss of consciousness results. Syncope typically has a cardiac etiology, but can also be due to many other things like a side effect from a med, neuro issue, psych issue, or lung problem. When a cardiac etiology is suspected, a cardiac workup is completed. This typically includes cardiac monitoring, labs, and routine vital signs specifically blood pressure and heart rate.
No additional syncopal events, no injury, identification of cause and treatment to prevent further episodes. Infection within the genitourinary system, which then causes inflammation. The urinary tract is sterile above the urethra and pathogens gain entrance via the perineal area or the bloodstream.
When these pathogens enter this sterile environment, infection ensues. One can acquire an infection in the bladder itself cystitis , or the an infection in the urethra urethritis , which is essential a urinary tract infection.
Females have a shorter urethra and it has a close proximity to the anus and therefore e. Coli, which is normally found in the GI tract.
Males become more susceptible as they age due to urinary stasis. Urinary catheter use particularly indwelling significantly increase the risk for a UTI, sexual intercourse, certain birth control methods spermicide, diaphragms , blockages in the urinary tract, abnormalities in the anatomy of the urinary tract, or a suppressed immune system can all increase the risk for a UTI.
Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest. Abdominal Pain Nursing Care Plan. Pathophysiology Abdominal pain can be a very minor issue that is easily resolved, or a medical emergency. Desired Outcome Cease painful stimuli, resolve underlying cause, minimize any subsequent damage. Nursing Interventions and Rationales Assess pain We must have a detailed baseline so we not only know how to treat appropriately, but also to know if it has changed.
For example, a sudden relief of pain in a patient with appendicitis indicates rupture and an emergency. Assess bowel movements color, consistency, frequency, amount This will aid the provider in making clinical decisions significantly. It is essential to report bowel movement characteristics and frequency accurately to aid in this important decision making.
This also ensure accurate intake and output recording. Ensure adequate hydration; may require intravenous fluids Patients with abdominal pain may have a diminished appetite, be NPO, or not want to drink fluids.
Assess and promote appropriate fluid balance, which may requiring notifying the provider of a decreased oral intake and need for intravenous fluids to maintain fluid balance. Assess bowel sounds Essential to know their quality as a baseline and to routinely reassess to detect changes. If a patient had bowel sounds, but now does not, it is essential to detect that and notify the provider, as the patient may not experience any symptoms. Facilitate normal bowel patterns Abdominal pain can be due to issues with the GI tract.
Prevent infection Abdominal pain may have been caused by a pathogen gastroenteritis, for example. It is essential to promote adequate hand hygiene and infection prevention to prevent the spread to others or preventing the issue from resolving. Assess abdominal distention, report changes in size and quality as appropriate Patients may be experiencing abdominal distention as part of the underlying disease process. Pathophysiology Also known as acute kidney injury AKI , is measured by the buildup of waste in your body and altered fluid levels because the kidneys are failing to do their job.
Etiology There are many causes of kidney failure. Try to limits these drugs, watch labs and antibiotic troughs. Look out for signs and symptoms of overdose. Here are the most common signs and symptoms of overdose. Hyperinsulinemia from the body building up resistance to insulin. Neuro symptoms like seizures, confusion, neuropathy. Various, depends on the herbal supplement.
Monitor lung sounds and edema You want to make sure fluid balance is carefully monitored. A backup in the lungs would cause crackles and a back up systemically would cause pitting edema in the legs. Do not under any circumstances administer a diuretic without a bathroom plan. And a word to the wise, have a backup plan.
Meaning if you have a walkie talkie patient with functioning arms and a strong call light finger, I still would set up a bedside commode just. Diuretics work on different parts of the nephrons. There are three kinds of diuretics: Loop, Thiazide, and potassium sparing. Most commonly used diuretics in acute kidney failure: Furosemide is potassium wasting. It plays a role in acid base equilibrium.
In states of acidosis hydrogen with enter the cell as this happens it will force potassium out of the cell, a 0. However, if patient is on a potassium wasting diuretic, educate about potassium bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. When protein is broken down ammonia is formed. Ammonia is converted to urea in the liver and is eventually excreted in the kidneys. Creatinine is created in proportion to muscle mass and usually stays stable.
Anemia Nursing Care Plan. Etiology There are many causes of anemia, the most life threatening is massive hemorrhage, but other causes such as lack of iron, severe burns, cancers, bone marrow disorders like multiple myeloma or leukemia can be just as detrimental.
Some of the types of anemia: Usually caused by hemorrhage or lack of Iron or lack of ability to absorb iron. Due to Folic Acid vitamin B12 deficiency or lack of ability to absorb B Treated with B12 supplements and diet changes.
The bone marrow is not producing enough RBCs. Treated with blood transfusions and also bone marrow biopsies to diagnose specific issue with the bone marrow.
Due to RBCs being destroyed. What is causing the lysing of the RBCs can be from a range of problems including infection, autoimmune disorders, etc. Treatment is dependant on the cause. If due to infection, treatment is antibiotics, if autoimmune treatment may be medications that suppress the autoimmune system.
Cardiac and vascular specialists should be consulted for this condition in case it is due to a mechanical factor like the heart valves. This is a genetic disorder where the blood cells become sickle shaped, causing clots, hemolysis, and poor perfusion. Treatment is focused on pain control, fluid resuscitation and sometimes blood transfusions. We promise to never spam you, and just use your email address to identify you as a valid customer.
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If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, please consult with your healthcare professional before using any products on this site. They are considered lesser and oftentimes negative connotations are associated with nurses. According to the American Nurses Association article on Japan, "nursing work has been described using negative terminology such as 'hard, dirty, dangerous, low salary, few holidays, minimal chance of marriage and family, and poor image'".
Some nurses in Japan are trying to be advocates. They are promoting better nursing education as well as promoting the care of the elderly. The JNA is not to be confused with a union, it is simply a professional organization for the nurses. Members of the JNA lobby politicians and produces publications about nursing. According to the American Nurses Association's article on Japan the JNA, "works toward the improvement in nursing practice through many activities including the development of a policy research group to influence policy development, a code of ethics for nurses, and standards of nursing practice".
The JNA also provides certification for specialists in mental health, oncology and community health. The  JNA is not the only nursing organization in Japan. There are other subgroups that are typically categorized by the nurses' specialty, like emergency nursing or disaster nursing. One of the older unions that relates to nursing is the Japanese Federation of Medical Workers Union, which was created in This organization was involved with the Nursing Human Resource Law.
In the US, scope of practice is determined by the state or territory in which a nurse is licensed. Each state has its own laws, rules, and regulations governing nursing care. Usually the making of such rules and regulations is delegated to a state board of nursing , which performs day-to-day administration of these rules, licenses nurses and nursing assistants, and makes decisions on nursing issues.
In the hospital setting, registered nurses often delegate tasks to LPNs and unlicensed assistive personnel. RNs are not limited to employment as bedside nurses.
Some registered nurses are independent consultants who work for themselves , while others work for large manufacturers or chemical companies. Research nurses conduct or assist in the conduct of research or evaluation outcome and process in many areas such as biology, psychology, human development, and health care systems. Many employers offer flexible work schedules, child care, educational benefits, and bonuses.
About 21 percent of registered nurses are union members or covered by union contract. Nursing is the nation's largest health care profession, with more than 3. Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff, are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the nation's long-term care.
The primary pathway to professional nursing, as compared to technical-level practice, is the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN degree. Registered nurses are prepared either through a BSN program; a three-year associate degree in nursing; or a three-year hospital training program, receiving a hospital diploma. All take the same state licensing exam.
The number of diploma programs has declined steadily—to less than 10 percent of all basic RN education programs—as nursing education has shifted from hospital-operated instruction into the college and university system. The oldest method of nursing education is the hospital-based diploma program, which lasts approximately three years. Students take between 30 and 60 credit hours in anatomy , physiology , microbiology , nutrition , chemistry , and other subjects at a college or university, then move on to intensive nursing classes.
Until , most RNs in the US were initially educated in nursing by diploma programs. Some four-year colleges and universities also offer the ADN. Associate degree nursing programs have prerequisite and corequisite courses which may include English, Math and Human Anatomy and Physiology and ultimately stretch out the degree-acquiring process to about three years or greater.
The third method is to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN , a four-year degree that also prepares nurses for graduate-level education. For the first two years in a BSN program, students usually obtain general education requirements and spend the remaining time in nursing courses. In some new programs the first two years can be substituted for an active LPN license along with the required general studies.
Advocates for the ADN and diploma programs state that such programs have an on the job training approach to educating students, while the BSN is an academic degree that emphasizes research and nursing theory. A BSN degree qualifies its holder for administrative, research, consulting and teaching positions that would not usually be available to those with an ADN, but is not necessary for most patient care functions. Advanced education in nursing is done at the master's and doctoral levels.
It prepares the graduate for specialization as an advanced practice registered nurse APRN or for advanced roles in leadership, management, or education. The clinical nurse leader CNL is an advanced generalist who focuses on the improvement of quality and safety outcomes for patients or patient populations from an administrative and staff management focus.
Doctoral programs in nursing prepare the student for work in nursing education, health care administration, clinical research, or advanced clinical practice. Advanced practice registered nurse APRN. Completion of any one of these three educational routes allows a graduate nurse to take the NCLEX-RN , the test for licensure as a registered nurse, and is accepted by every state as an adequate indicator of minimum competency for a new graduate.
However, controversy exists over the appropriate entry-level preparation of RNs. Others feel the on-the-job experiences of diploma and ADN graduates makes up for any deficiency in theoretical preparation. RNs are the largest group of health care workers in the United States, with about 2. There are data to support the idea that the nursing shortage is a voluntary shortage.
In it was estimated that approximately 1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that , healthcare jobs were created in RNs make up the majority of the healthcare work force, therefore these positions will be filled primarily by nurses.
The BLS also states that by , there will be 1. The International Council Of Nursing ICN , the largest international health professional organization in the world, recognizes the shortage of nurses as a growing crisis in the world.
This shortage impacts the healthcare of everyone worldwide. One of the many reasons is that nurses who pursue to become nurses do so very late in their lives. This leads to a non-lengthy employment time. A national survey prepared by the Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals in found that one in five nurses plans to leave the profession within five years because of unsatisfactory working conditions, including low pay, severe under staffing, high stress, physical demands, mandatory overtime, and irregular hours.
Employment in home care and nursing homes is expected [ by whom? Though more people are living well into their 80s and 90s, many need the kind of long-term care available at a nursing home. Many nurses will also be needed to help staff the growing number of out-patient facilities, such as HMOs, group medical practices, and ambulatory surgery centers.
Nursing specialties will be in great demand. There are, in addition, many part-time employment possibilities. Furthermore, there is a shortage of academically qualified instructors to teach at schools of nursing worldwide. The serious need for educational capacity is not being met, which is the underlying most important preparation resource for the nurses of tomorrow. The decrease in faculty everywhere is due to many factors including decrease in satisfaction with the workforce, poor salaries, and reduction in full-time equivalent.
Throughout the span of 6 years the nursing faculty shortage has been written about an increasing amount. Unfortunately, there is no clear consensus or an organized plan on how to fix the ongoing issue.
With health care knowledge growing steadily, nurses can stay ahead of the curve through continuing education. Continuing education classes and programs enable nurses to provide the best possible care to patients, advance nursing careers, and keep up with Board of Nursing requirements. The American Nurses Association and the American Nursing Credentialing Center are devoted to ensuring nurses have access to quality continuing education offerings.
Continuing education classes are calibrated to provide enhanced learning for all levels of nurses. Many States also regulate Continuing Nursing Education. Nursing licensing boards requiring Continuing Nursing Education CNE as a condition for licensure, either initial or renewal, accept courses provided by organizations that are accredited by other state licensing boards, by the American Nursing Credentialing Center ANCC , or by organizations that have been designated as an approver of continuing nursing education by ANCC.
National Healthcare Institute  has created a list to assist nurses in determining their CNE credit hours requirements.
While this list is not all inclusive, it offers details on how to contact nursing licensing boards directly. Professional nursing organizations, through their certification boards, have voluntary certification exams to demonstrate clinical competency in their particular specialty. Completion of the prerequisite work experience allows an RN to register for an examination, and passage gives an RN permission to use a professional designation after their name.
For example, passage of the American Association of Critical-care Nurses specialty exam allows a nurse to use the initials 'CCRN' after his or her name. Other organizations and societies have similar procedures. The American Nurses Credentialing Center , the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association , is the largest nursing credentialing organization and administers more than 30 specialty examinations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Nursing disambiguation.
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