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Chapter 01

SCOPE OF MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING PRACTICE

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The scope of medical-surgical nursing, sometimes called adult health nursing, is to? promote health and prevent illness or injury in patients from 18 years of age to older than 100 years of age.
Medical-surgical nursing requires? special knowledge and clinical skills to meet the needs of adult patients in a variety of settings across the continuum.
Patients are recipients of care in mutually trusting relationships with? nurses and other members of the health care team.
Medical-surgical nurses focus on meeting the basic needs (concepts) of adult patients which are? fluid and electrolyte balance; protection; oxygenation and tissue perfusion; mobility, sensation, and cognition; nutrition, metabolism, and bowel elimination; and sexuality—to provide a holistic approach to patient care.
The nurse can function in various roles as a? care coordinator, transition manager, caregiver, patient educator, leader, and patient and family advocate.
To function in these roles, nurses need to have the? knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) to keep patients and their families safe.
Created by: lisallisa