This book seeks to define nursing at a management or administrative level. Using the widely regarded Orem self-care deficit model to provide a nursing focus, the authors explore the nursing needs of populations, the roles and functions of advanced practice nursing administration, and the administrative structures, processes and outcomes that facilitate nursing practice.

The Clinical Communication System

The clinical communication system

As in any large-scale human service organization, formal and informal communication within the health care enterprise is a key to production of quality services. It is key to achieving the goals and maintaining the integrity of the enterprise, to interdisciplinary activity and relationships, to quality control mechanisms, and to research and development. The purpose of the communication system is not only to share information across the system but to assemble useful pertinent data in a usable form. The focus in this chapter is on the part that the clinical information system plays or can play in facilitating the design and production of the nursing component of patient/client care and the utility of nursing theory in constructing the clinical ...

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