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Professionalism RDef

Term Definition
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 medical care on an outpatient basis. Many clinics have a specialty, such as ongoing care for diabetes or cancer
regulated profession A field legally restricted to practitioners with a specific professional qualification and/or provincial or territorial registration
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 (MOA) A person who handles primarily administrative responsibilities but also some clinical duties in a health office (title varies)
medical assistant A person who is trained to assist a physician with various clinical tests, examinations, and procedures
behaviour A person's discernible responses and actions
automony A person's right to self-determination. In health care it refers to a patient's/client's right to make his own decisions without coercion-decisions for treatment for example, based on fact and going fully informed of all treatment options
role A position in life that carries expectations of responsibilities and of appropriate behaviour
code of ethics A set of guidelines for ethical conduct
wellness A state of physical and emotional well-being, broadly considered
health According to one definition "a 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"
post-partum After delivery
tolerance Allowing people to have their own beliefs, opinions and way of doing things
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) 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 communication coordinator
allied health care Any duty or profession that supports primary health-care professionals, such as physicians, in delivering health-care services (i.e. nurse practioners or midwives)
triage Assessing the seriousness of a client's presenting problem to determine who needs to have medical help first (chest pain vs sore throat)
sterotyping Assuming that all members of a group will be 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 oral or legal issues
transcription Creating a written 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
alternative healthcare Nontraditional methods and practices, based on a natural approach, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and aromatherapy
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 other's 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
ethnic Relating to groups of people with a common racial, religious, linguistic, or cultural heritage
beneficence Requires that we benefit others and act in the person's best interest
action phase Seeking medical intervention
acknowledgement 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
core competency The basic or essential skills that one needs to succeed in a particular profession
values The beliefs a person holds dear and that person's decisions and behaviour or conduct
satisfactory The client continues to improve and is usually out of danger
guarded The client has moved from critical toward wellness; condition is still volatile and subject to change
good The client is believed to be on firm footing and is expected to recover
critical The client is hanging in the balance between life and death and is receiving active intervention
poor The client is near death but not receiving active intervention
stable The client's condition has steadied; good news but doesn't indicate a sure recovery
culture The languages, beliefs, values, norms, behaviours and even material objects that are passed from one generation to the next
scope of practice The parameters of duties and responsibilities outlined by one's professional training and skill set
reminssion The phase of a chronic disease characterized by a relief or absence of clinical signs or symptoms
exacerbation The phase of 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 how to act, treat others, and get along in an organized society
Created by: Jessica Longboat
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