Profession nurse responsible for general care

Nurses responsible for general care are in charge of promoting and restoring patients` health by providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families. They also supervise assigned team members.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Resuscitation

    The emergency procedure applied to individuals with no pulse to restore them to consciousness.

  • Paediatrics

    Paediatrics is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Human physiology

    The science of the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical and biochemical functions of humans, their organs and cells in good health.

  • Nursing principles

    The ethics, the codes of conduct, the philosophy of nursing, the philosophy of human rights and nursing theories and concepts.

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

  • Leadership in nursing

    The management and leadership principles and methods applied in nursing care, such as recognizing and rewarding success to motivate nursing staff.

  • Pharmacology

    Pharmacology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Pedagogy

    The discipline that concerns the theory and practice of education including the various instructional methods for educating individuals or groups.

  • Safe management of medicines

    The methods and principles required to handle, store and prescribe medication with the aim of improving the safety and quality of medication usage.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Person centred care

    The person centered care approach involves treating patients as equal partners in the planning and developing of care, patients and their needs being at the core of all decisions.

  • Nursing science

    The factors that influence human health and the therapeutic interventions that promote health with the purpose to improve individual`s mental and physical health.

  • Citizen involvement in healthcare

    The means and methods required to raise the participatory levels of the population in healthcare matters and strenghten their involvement.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Palliative care

    The methods of pain relief and quality of life improvement for the patients with serious illnesses.

  • Psychiatry

    Psychiatry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

  • Pathology

    The components of a disease, the cause, mechanisms of development, morphologic changes, and the clinical consequences of those changes.

  • Patient autonomy

    The patient`s safety, autonomy and rights to make the decisions about whether to follow a prescribed treatment or not.

  • Infection control

    The routes of transmission and methods of preventing spread of common and important infecting organisms together with the methods available for sterilisation and disinfection of pathogenic organisms in the prevention of infection.

  • General medicine

    General medicine is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Impact of social contexts on health

    The social and cultural contexts of individuals` behaviours, and the impact on their health within their social and cultural context.

  • Evidence-based nursing care

    The nursing principles that require to apply quality decision-making and nursing care based on proven clinical expertise as well as the most recent research developments in the field.

  • Adolescence medicine

    Topics related to the adolescent period of development such as sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, contraception, substance abuse, menstrual disorders, acnee, eating disorders.

  • Disability care

    The specific methods and practices used in providing care to people with physical, intellectual and learning disabilities.

  • Dietetics

    The human nutrition and dietary modification for optimizing health in clinical or other environments. The role of nutrition in promoting health and preventing illness across the life spectrum.

  • Innovation in nursing

    The methods and tools used to bring about innovative changes and quality improvement in the nursing field.

  • Geriatrics

    Geriatrics is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Primary care

    The regular, routine medical care provided to patients, usually performed by a physician or a nurse, that leads to a decision on the following course of action required to solve the health problem of the patient.

  • Surgery

    The essential procedures in surgical practice such as the principle of safe surgery, the pathophysiology of wound healing, knot tying, tissue handling, retraction and any other instruments and procedures used in the operating room.

  • Acute care

    The type of care administered to patients for a brief and critical sequence of illness such as trauma or recovery from surgery.

  • Sociology

    The group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • Biological chemistry

    Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Public health

    The principles of health and sickness affecting the population, including the means for health promotion and prevention and community and primary care.

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

  • Newborn care

    The procedures required to take care of newborn infants immediately after their birth up to 28 days (WHO).

Skills

  • Educate on the prevention of illness

    Offer evidence-based advice on how to avoid ill health, educate and advise individuals and their carers on how to prevent ill health and/or be able to advise how to improve their environment and health conditions. Provide advice on the identification of risks leading to ill health and help to increase the patients' resilience by targeting prevention and early intervention strategies.

  • Work in a multicultural environment in health care

    Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.

  • Advise on healthy lifestyles

    Promote healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and self-care by strengthening empowerment, promoting health and enhancing behaviours and therapeutic compliance, providing patients with the adequate information in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments, medication and nursing care.

  • Implement nursing care

    Implement nursing care when treating patients in order to improve professional practice.

  • Coordinate care

    Coordinate care for patient groups, being able to manage a number of patients within a given amount of time and provide optimum health services.

  • Participate in health personnel training

    Participate in the practical training of health personnel on the basis of the knowledge and skills acquired.

  • Empower individuals, families and groups

    Empower individuals, families and groups towards healthy lifestyles and self-care.

  • Diagnose nursing care

    A judgment based on a comprehensive nursing assessment. 

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

  • Manage information in health care

    Retrieve, apply and share information among patients and healthcare professionals and across healthcare facilities and community.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

  • Apply nursing care in long-term care

    Enable the promotion and the development of nursing care in long term care, co-morbidity and in situations of dependency in order to maintain individuals’ personal autonomy and relationships with the environment in each moment of the health/illness process.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Provide treatment strategies for challenges to human health

    Identify possible treatment protocols for the challenges to human health within a given community in cases such as infectious diseases of high consequences at the global level.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Promote human rights

    Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.

  • Use electronic health records in nursing

    Use electronic health records to document nursing assessment, diagnosis, interventions and outcomes based on comparable nursing classification systems and nursing taxonomy.

  • Use e-health and mobile health technologies

    Use mobile health technologies and e-health (online applications and services) in order to enhance the provided healthcare.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship

    Develop a mutually collaborative therapeutic relationship during treatment, fostering and gaining healthcare users' trust and cooperation.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Implement scientific decision making in healthcare

    Implement scientific findings for evidence-based practice, integrating research evidence into decision making by forming a focused clinical question in response to a recognised information need, searching for the most appropriate evidence to meet that need, critically appraising the retrieved evidence, incorporating the evidence into a strategy for action, and evaluating the effects of any decisions and actions taken.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Implement fundamentals of nursing

    Implement the nursing theoretical and methodological fundamentals and principles, basic nursing interventions on scientific evidence and the resources available.

  • Analyse the care quality

    Analyse the quality of care in order to improve the own professional practice as a general care nurse.

  • Provide professional care in nursing

    Provide professional care, adequate to the health and nursing care needs of the individuals, families and groups, taking into account the scientific developments, as well as the quality and safety requirements established in accordance with the legal/professional conduct regulations.

  • Delegate activities

    Delegate activities and tasks to others according to the ability, level of preparation, competence and legal scope of practice. Make sure that people understand what they should do and when they should do it.

  • Initiate life preserving measures

    Initiate life-preserving actions by taking measures in crises and disaster situations.

  • Inform policy makers on health-related challenges

    Provide useful information related to health care professions to ensure policy decisions are made in the benefit of communities.

  • Apply sustainability principles in health care

    Take into account the sustainability principles in healthcare and strive for the rational use of resources.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Adapt leadership styles in healthcare

    Adapt leadership styles and approaches to different situations concerning nursing clinical practice and healthcare.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Plan nursing care

    Plan care, defining nursing objectives, deciding on nursing measures to be taken, paying attention to health education and preventative measures and ensuring continuity and fullness of care.

  • Promote a positive image of nursing

    Present and preserve a positive image of nursing in specific environments of the healthcare and educational spectra.

  • Advise on healthcare users' informed consent

    Ensure patients/clients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments so they can give informed consent, engaging patients/clients in the process of their care and treatment.

  • Apply person-centred care

    Treat individuals as partners in planning, developing and assessing care, to make sure it is appropriate for their needs. Put them and their caregivers at the heart of all decisions.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Deal with emergency care situations

    Assess the signs and be well-prepared for a situation that poses an immediate threat to a person's health, security, property or environment.  

  • Solve problems in healthcare

    Carry out actions, by previously identifying and analysing problems, that facilitate seeking the most beneficial solution for the patient, the family and the community, reaching objectives, improving outcomes and keeping the quality of their work.

  • Provide nursing advice on healthcare

    Give advice to, instruct and support persons needing nursing care and their attachment figures.

  • Evaluate nursing care

    Evaluate nursing care assessing mechanisms and processes for continuous quality improvement in nursing care, considering the scientific, technical and ethical development.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

Optional knowledge and skills

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