REGISTERED NURSE DUTIES
At CareChamp our Registered Nurses support our Caregiver team with the initial home nurse assessment and care plan creation for the care and benefit of our clients and patients. Furthermore our Professional Nurses can also be booked for (follow-up) home visits for specific nursing procedures such as:
- Catheter care
- Vital signs
- Administration of medication
- Nasogastric tube feeding
- Oxygen therapy
For more detail see here the scope of practice of Registered Nurses as per SANC (South African Nursing Council): The scope of practice of a registered nurse shall entail the following acts or procedures, which may be performed by scientifically based physical, chemical, psychological, social, educational and technological means applicable to health care practice:
- The diagnosing of a health need and the prescribing, provision and execution of a nursing regimen to meet the need of a patient or group of patients or, where necessary, by referral to a registered person.
- The execution of a program of treatment or medication prescribed by a registered person for a patient.
- The care of and the administration of medicine to a patient, including the monitoring of the patient's vital signs and of his reaction to disease conditions, trauma, stress, anxiety, medication and treatment.
- The prevention of disease and promotion of health and family planning by teaching to and counseling with individuals and groups of persons.
- The prescribing, promotion or maintenance of hygiene, physical comfort and re-assurance of the patient.
- The promotion of exercise, rest and sleep with a view to healing and rehabilitation of a patient.
- The facilitation of body mechanics and the prevention of bodily deformities in a patient in the execution of the nursing regimen.
- The supervision over and maintenance of a supply of oxygen to a patient.
- The supervision over and maintenance of fluid, electrolyte and acid base balance of a patient.
- The facilitation of the healing of wounds and fractures, the protection of the skin and the maintenance of sensory functions in a patient.
- The facilitation of the maintenance of bodily regulatory mechanisms and functions in a patient.
- The facilitation of the maintenance of nutrition of a patient.
- The supervision over and maintenance of elimination by a patient.
- The facilitation of communication by and with a patient in the execution of the nursing regimen.
- The facilitation of the attainment of optimum health for the individual, the family, groups and the community in the execution of the nursing regimen.
- The establishment and maintenance, in the execution of the nursing regimen, of an environment in which the physical and mental health of a patient is promoted.
- Preparation for and assistance with operative, diagnostic and therapeutic acts for the patient.
- The co-ordination of the health care regimens provided for the patient by other categories of health personnel.
- The provision of effective patient advocacy to enable the patient to obtain the health care he needs.
- Care of the dying patient and the care of a recently deceased patient within the execution of the nursing regimen.