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Professionalism Reverse Definitions

externship A cooperative or workplace experience or period of training for a student that is provided by the student’s educational facility
clinic A facility providing care on an outpatient basis. Free-standing or associated with a hospital. Many clinics have a specialty, ie.diabetes, orthopedics, cancer. Applied to primary care groups that offer out of-office services-rostered clients can seek care
administrative health professional (AHP) A graduate from an accredited health office administration program who assumes administrative, communication and/or clinical responsibilities in a health-care setting.
licensure A legal document, obtained after passing written and clinical examinations, that is required for health-care practitioners in regulated fields
preceptor A mentor who guides and supervises a student throughout a workplace experience
duty A moral obligation
right A moral, legal, cultural, or traditional claim
sick role A particular social role that an ill person adopts, which involves giving up normal responsibilities and accepting care. May sometimes involve uncharacteristically passive behaviour
client A person seeking or receiving health care; synonymous with patient, but suggests a more active role
medical office assistant A person who handles primarily administrative responsibilities, but also some clinical duties in a health office (titles vary)
medical assistant (US) A person who is trained to assist a physician with various clinical tests, examinations, and procedures
behaviour A person’s discernible responses and actions
autonomy A person’s right to self-determination. In health care it refers to a client’s right to make his own decisions without coercion-decisions for treatment for example, based on fact and being fully informed of all treatment options
role A position in life that carries expectations of responsibilities and of appropriate behaviour
health According to one definition “relative state in which one is able to function well physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually in order to express the full range of one’s unique potentialities within the environment in which one is living”
code of ethics a set of guidelines for ethical conduct
wellness A state of physical and emotional well-being, broadly considered
postpartum After delivery
ALS Also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is a progressive disease affecting the nerves that are responsible for muscle stimulation. There is no known cure.
attribute An inborn personal quality or characteristic
ward clerk An individual who manages the administrative and communication needs of a client care unit. The title is being replaced with clinical secretary or communications coordinator.
triage Assessing the seriousness of a client’s presenting problem to determine who needs to have medical help first. (chest pain vs sore throat)
alternative/complementary health care Nontraditional methods and practices, based on a natural approach, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and aromatherapy
regulated profession A field legally restricted to practitioners with a specific professional qualification and/or provincial or territorial registration
ethnic Relating to groups of people with a common racial, religious, linguistic, or cultural heritage
core competencies The basic or essential skills that one needs to succeed in a particular profession
values The beliefs a person holds dear and that guide that person’s decisions and behaviour or conduct
culture The languages, beliefs, values, norms, behaviours and even material objects that are passed from one generation to the next
remission The phase of a chronic disease characterized by a relief or absence of clinical signs or symptoms
exacerbation The phase of a chronic disease characterized by a return of clinical signs or symptoms
ethics The philosophical study of standards accepted by society that determine what is right and wrong in human behaviour
ethnocentrism The tendency to use our own culture’s standards as the yardstick to judge everyone; the belief in the superiority of our own group or culture
subculture The values and practices of a group that distinguish it from the larger culture
morals What a person believes to be right and wrong pertaining to how to act, treat others, and get along in an organized society
scope of practice The parameters of duties and responsibilities outlined by one’s professional training and skill set
allied healthcare Any duty or profession that supports primary healthcare providers, such as physicians, nurse practitioners or midwives, in delivering healthcare services
tolerance Allowing people to have their own beliefs, opinions, and way of doing things
stereotyping Assuming that all members of a group are alike
prejudice Coming to conclusions about a person or group on the basis of untested assumptions, without regard for facts
justice Considers concepts of fairness and entitlements, can involve moral or legal issues
transcription Creating a copy of a dictated or recorded message
transitional phase Diagnosis and treatment
spiritual For some, means a belief in and dedication to a higher power; for others it is a personal, or interior quality, tied to emotions, values and morals
veracity Honesty or truthfulness
Intellectual Involves our cognitive ability to determine what is right and what is not
emotional Involves recognizing one's own strengths and weaknesses. being able to analyze and deal with problems and recognize when one needs help
skill Is learned
nationality Manifested when a person belongs to a country with all its legal and social benefits
faithfulness Meeting the reasonable expectations of others
discrimination Occurs when people are denied justice or treated unfairly because of their membership in a group
race Often used to refer to groups of people with similar physical characteristics and a common ancestry
social People with partners and strong social networks are more likely to be physically healthy
empathy Putting yourself in the others shoes
resolution phase recovery/rehabilitation/death
physical Refers to the body's health and functioning
ethnicity Refers to the cultural characteristics of a particular ethnic group
beneficence Requires that we benefit others and act in the person's best interest
Action phase Seeking medical intervention
acknowledgment phase sustained clinical signs
initiative The ability to assess when something needs to be done and to do it
preliminary phase the appearance of clinical signs
satisfactory condition Th client continues to improve and is usually out of danger
guarded condition The client has moved from critical towards wellness; condition is still volatile and subject to change
good condition The client is believed to be on firm footing and is expected to recover
critical condition The client is hanging in the balance between life and death and is receiving active intervention
poor condition The client is near death but not receiving active intervention
stable condition The client's condition has steadied; good news but doesn't indicate a sure recovery
Created by: Barbara Ross



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