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HUC Nursing Orders

HUC Studies, Nursing Orders

TermDefinition
activity the extent or level of body movement, function, or exercise
afebrile refers to body temperature within normal limits
apical pulse a pulse taken over the chest in the area of the apex of the heart
axillary refers to under the arm
blood pressure the measure of the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels
diastolic The bottom value in the blood pressure reading
febrile refers to elevated body temperature, not within normal range
Kardex A communication tool used by health unit coordinators to communicate nursing orders to the nursing staff
neurological vital signs Signs used to assess the nervous system, including checking the eye pupils for reaction to light and checking the level of consciousness by asking the patient questions relating to time, place and events
nursing care the attention nd treatment provided to the client by the clinical staff. The physician can order the care, or the nursing staff can provide the care on the basis of nursing judgment.
nursing care orders Orders written by the nurse with specific instructions for the implementing the nursing care plan
nursing judgment the thought process used by the nursing staff to provide care to the patient
palliative care Comfort care measures given to patients near the end of life. All diagnostic testing is stopped, and most treatments are discontinued. The main objective of the nursing staff is to ensure the patient's comfort.
pulse the rate at which the heart is beating
radial artery The artery located in the wrist
respirations the rate at which breathing occurs
systolic the top value in the blood pressure reading
tympanically refers to the ear
vital signs the measurement of the body's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respirations
Amb Ambulatory
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
BSC bedside commode
C Celsius
CBR Complete bed rest
D/c discontinue
F Fahrenheit
HOB Head of bed
HR hours
I & O intake and output
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
LOC Level of consciousness
MIN minutes
NG nasogastric
NVS neurological Vital signs
OOB out of bed
P pulse
prn as necessary
Q every
R respiratory rate
RR respiratory rate
SOB Shortness of breath
SSE Soapsuds Enema
Temp Temperature
tol tolerated
TPR temperature, Pulse, Respirations
TWE Tapwater Enema
UO Urinary Output
VS vital signs
Semi-Fowler's position elevating HOB 30 degrees and slightly elevating knees
Fowler's position elevating HOB 45 degrees and slightly elevating knees
Gaymar Mattress pressure mattress, reduces skin breakdown