The Nurse's Role & Leadership
According to the Canadian Nurses Association, the nurse's role consists of diverse and interrelated areas of activity including clinical practice, education, administration, research and policy. The nurse's role involves a distinct and comprehensive knowledge base, entry to practice competencies, a commitment to lifelong learning and a great understanding of clients and the healthcare system.
The following documents from the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses of Ontario and the Canadian Nurses Association provide relevant information on many aspects involved in the nurse's role including professional standards and competencies for registered nurses:
Please see strategies below for guidance in locating nursing literature to support assignments.
Canadian Nurses Association. (2015). Framework for the practice of registered nurses in Canada. https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/nursing/regulated-nursing-in-canada/rn-practice-framework2
Nurse's Role in Promoting Optimal Health of Older Adults by
Publication Date: 2011
Why focus on the negative aspects of growing old while most older adults are leading positive, fulfilling, and active lives even while dealing with the changes associated with aging and chronic illnesses?
The Nurse's Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role by
Publication Date: 2015
This book will help any new nurse map out a clear path from commencement to successful career. A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role is a straightforward how-to guide to confidently enter professional practice. From ethical issues to continuing education to coping with stress, authors Cynthia M. Thomas, Constance E. McIntosh, and Jennifer S. Mensik provide practical strategies and tools to help you reach your greatest nursing potential.
The Role of the Nurse Educator in Canada by
Publication Date: 2020
This book provides an essential resource for nurse educators in Canada and academia. Nurse educators need to acquire the means for professional development and scholarship and to be able to understand their own and others philosophies and how they related to teaching, learning theories and curriculum design. Othe essential are included such as the ethics inherent in the practice of teaching-learning are embedded in the chapters.
The Many Roles of the Registered Nurse by
Publication Date: 2021
Nurses are the largest population of healthcare providers practicing in both urban and remote areas across the globe. Currently, the nursing profession is in the midst of a significant shortage as aging baby boomers retire. As healthcare needs of the population become more complex and technologies advance, our world needs nurses now more than at any other time in history. This book provides the reader with a wide overview of the many vast roles within the nursing profession, showing that the responsibilities are complex, challenging and rewarding. It will allow the reader to understand the current job market for nurses and perhaps even persuade some to choose this rewarding profession.
Nursing leadership, both formal and informal, is practiced across a variety of settings and domains of practice from executive positions to point of care. Effective nursing leadership benefits patients, health-care team members, organizations, systems and health-care policy, research and education. Leadership practices create a healthy work environment which can improve patient experiences and outcomes.
The following documents from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the Canadian Nurses Association and the College of Nurses of Ontario provide an understanding of the significance of nursing leadership:
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Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare by
Publication Date: 2016
Clinical leadership, along with values-based care and compassion, are critical in supporting the development of high quality healthcare service and delivery. Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare: Values into Action offers a range of tools and topics that support and foster clinically focused nurses and other healthcare professionals to develop their leadership potential.
Decision-Making in Nursing by
Publication Date: 2014
Decision-Making in Nursing: Thoughtful Approaches for Leadership, Second Edition explores multiple decision-making approaches to enable nursing students and professionals to become insightful, critical, flexible, and confident decision makers in today's complex healthcare environment. With a reflective, multidimensional approach to decision-making, it examines the ways in which history, legal and ethical issues, spirituality, culture, family, the media, economics, technology, and health poli
Emotional Intelligence in Nursing by
Publication Date: 2020
The first book on emotional intelligence (EI) written for nurses, this comprehensive resource delivers both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to improve patient outcomes. Authored by one of the foremost experts in EI and nursing, the text discusses the foundations of EI and shows how EI skills can and should be applied to any practice setting in nursing.
Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management by
Publication Date: 2019
Stepping out of the classroom and into professional nursing practice can be stressful. This handy guide will build your confidence and prepare you to meet the challenges you'll face as a new staff nurse in today's dynamic health-care environment. You'll explore your future responsibilities as a leader and a manager and the workplace issues and trends that you'll encounter in practice.
Finding the Nurse's Role in Literature
When asked to support nursing assignments with literature, it's crucial to understand that professors are usually not looking for general healthcare information on your topic but they are asking for literature which specifically demonstrates the nurse's role, nursing interventions and nursing implications. There are some useful strategies to ensure you find literature which provides the nurse's role:
- Use nursing databases, such as CINAHL, to locate nursing literature
- Use discipline-specific nursing terms and/or CINAHL subject headings to ensure nursing literature is located and not medicine or public health. Medical literature will not outline the nurse's role, only the physician's role and medical interventions. Public health can be helpful to understand background information and emerging issues, which can involve nurses, but will not necessarily just highlight the nurse's role
- Use nursing journals to ensure content is relevant and directly applicable. The name of the journal usually indicates if it about nursing or another profession
- Check the author's educational qualifications and affiliations to determine if they are a nurse or from a discipline-related profession. Nurses often collaborate with allied health professions
- Skim the content to see if it clearly provides the nurse's role, implications and/or interventions. The nurse's role involves concepts such as:
- Health promotion
- Disease prevention and management
- Patient education
- Community health initiatives
- Population health
- Health across the lifespan
- Direct nurse-patient care.
- Examine the reference list to determine if much of the information used directly relates to the nurse's role
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