WARD NURSE

Ward Nurse their responsibilities on ward rounds may vary from ward to ward, nurses have a vital role to play and should make it a priority to attend. This article discusses key aspects of nurses’ responsibilities and the different stages in ward round process.  

 

All team members will have their own jobs to complete during the ward round. Organising the outputs emerging from ward rounds ensures nurses can assess, progress and communicate as needed to the family, bed managers, care agencies and social-work team – depending on the complexities of patient care.

 

nursing activities involved in ward rounds, nurses will delegate and/or lead the actions that arise. The energy created by a well-run ward round will resonate across a whole ward team, while a rushed round or one that has no nurse presence will have a neg- ative effect, such that related actions maybe fragmented.

 

» Establishing results of investigations;

» Preparing patients – in most cases this simply involves letting them know the

round will be taking place;

»  Encouraging patients to think about

any questions they may have, which may help to avoid their forgetting what is important to them;

»  Chasing up any multidisciplinary per- spectives of care to discuss on the ward round.


Ward Nurses Duties:

 

Performs the health care, counseling, educational and training aspects of employee health programs.

-  Administers emergency care for illnesses of occupational and nonoccupational origin and injuries that occur at the place of work.

-  Performs limited portions of physical examinations, e.g., blood pressure, EKG, vision, hearing, etc.

-  Administers medications and treatments authorized by physicians.

-  Counsels employees on varied health subjects including nutrition, dental and safety regimen, care of minor injuries and illnesses, family and health problems, home care of communicable diseases, infant and pre-natal care.

-  Advises employees to obtain medical care and makes referral to private physicians, dentists, clinics or community resources, with the advice depending on the apparent nature and origin of the employee's problem and upon the employee's economic status.

-  Follows up by telephone or interview on serious or acute conditions, compensable injuries, chronic illnesses, pregnancy, etc. by contacting employee, private physicians or dentists, clinics, hospitals and supervisors.