Standards Of Care For Nursing
Nursing is a very rewarding career. It can also be stressful, challenging and overwhelming at times. The nursing profession has a standard of care that every practicing nurse should adhere to when providing care to patients. This helps ensure that all patients receive the same level of quality care regardless of where they are treated.
Standard 1: Assessing
The nurse must assess the patient’s condition, including:
- The patient’s physical state. This includes vital signs and medical history, as well as any problems that may be present.
- The family’s emotional state. This is especially important when caring for children or other loved ones who are sick or dying.
The nurse also assesses the patient’s concerns and those of his or her family regarding care needs, goals, and discharge planning.
Standard 2: Planning
Planning is the first step in the nursing process and is a continuous part of it. Planning involves deciding what to do, how to do it, when to do it and who will do what. The nurse must consider patient needs for care, provide for privacy and dignity, create an environment conducive to healing and respect individual differences.
Standard 3: Implementing
Nurses are responsible for implementing the plan of care. They must follow the doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s orders, which are based on the patient’s diagnosis and condition. Nurses must ensure that the patient is safe and comfortable in all aspects of their care. This includes maintaining a safe environment at all times, including during treatments (like bathing), administering medications, or delivering nutrition to a bedridden patient. In addition to ensuring safety, nurses also make sure that a patient’s dignity is maintained throughout treatment by following proper procedures regarding modesty when bathing or dressing patients who are prone to embarrassment due to their illnesses or injuries.
The nurse should work with other health professionals like speech therapists if there are any concerns about communication abilities during treatment sessions so that everyone involved knows what needs to be done for each individual case before starting treatment activities together as part of one team effort towards recovery
Standard 4: Evaluating
Standard 4: Evaluating
- Evaluate the patient’s response to interventions.
- Evaluate the patient’s response to plans.
- Evaluate the patient’s response to the environment.
- Evaluate the patient’s response to family members and visitors (if appropriate).
- Evaluate how your patient is receiving care in his or her home, community, religious institutions or other social arenas.
Standard 5: Documenting
- Documentation plays an important role in the provision of quality nursing care. It is a legal requirement to document, as it provides evidence of your nursing procedures and assessment findings. Also, it helps you to improve your practice by allowing you to review how you are performing in the clinical area.
- You should:
- Keep accurate records of your patient’s progress or deterioration, including signs and symptoms, treatment given and response obtained from each intervention taken place during your shift on duty (Sydney Nursing School).
- Documentation forms vary according to geographic location; however, they generally include vital signs charts created by health care providers at a hospital or clinic setting who collect information about patients’ conditions before treatment begins (ParentResource).
Anyone can conduct a standard of care review, nurses find it helpful to do their own reviews.
It is important to note that anyone can conduct a standard of care review, nurses find it helpful to do their own reviews. Doing your own standard of care reviews is one way to improve your nursing practice and patient care.
In this article, we gave you some tips to help you conduct a standard of care review. We hope these tips will help you as you conduct your own reviews and improve patient outcomes.