1. Assess patient’s condition and report changes.
This includes assessing patients for changes in condition, inspecting wounds, and taking vitals. Nurses must report any changes to the doctor immediately in order to provide timely care.
2. Assist patients with activities of daily living.
This includes helping patients with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom. Nurses must ensure that patients are safe and comfortable while completing these activities.
3. Change bed linens and make beds.
This includes changing sheets and making beds. Nurses must be sure to clean and disinfect the bedding between patients to prevent the spread of infection.
4. Collect specimens and perform tests.
This includes collecting samples for testing and running tests in the lab. Nurses must ensure that all specimens are collected properly and that results are reported back to the doctor as soon as possible.
5. Administer medication and treatments.
This includes administering medications and treatments as prescribed by the doctor. Nurses must be sure to follow all safety guidelines when administering medication.
6. Educate patients and families about care.
This includes explaining procedures and treatments to patients and families, answering questions, and providing support. Nurses should make sure that all information is communicated clearly and concisely.
7. Maintain patient records.
This includes recording patient information such as medications, treatment plans, and vital signs. Nurses must ensure that all information is accurate and up-to-date.
8. Order, prepare, and administer meals.
This includes ordering food for patients, preparing meals, and serving them. Nurses must ensure that all food is properly prepared and safe for consumption.
9. Promote wellness and disease prevention.
This includes educating patients on how to stay healthy and preventing the spread of disease. Nurses should be sure to provide accurate information in a way that is easy for patients to understand.
10. Provide emotional support to patients and families.
This includes providing comfort and support to patients and families. Nurses must be compassionate and understanding, as well as respectful of patients’ and families’ beliefs and values.