Overview

  • writing patient care plans;
    implementing plans through tasks such as preparing patients for operations,
  • wound treatment and monitoring pulse, blood pressure and temperature;
    observing and recording the condition of patients;
    checking and administering drugs and injections;
    setting up drips and blood transfusions;
    assisting with tests and evaluations;
    carrying out routine investigations;
    responding quickly to emergencies;
    planning discharges from hospital and liaising with community nurses, GPs and social workers;
    communicating with and relieving the anxiety of patients and their relatives;
    advocating on behalf of patients;
    educating patients about their health;
    organising staff and prioritising busy workloads;
    mentoring student and junior nurses and supervising care assistants
    maintaining patient records;
    making ethical decisions related to consent and confidentiality.