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.

Quality Control: Nursing Standards

Quality control: Nursing standards

Standards are the basis for evaluating nursing. They are both the goals to be achieved and the guides for conduct. Nursing standards comprise (a) standards of practice, which focus on what nurses should do and how they should do it; and (b) standards of care, which focus on what patients/clients should receive—the product of nursing. In this chapter, the focus is on how the self-care deficit nursing theory provides direction for specifying some of the standards of practice and helps to delineate standards of care. Examples of both kinds of standards are presented.

Standards of Practice

Standards of practice are incorporated into legislation governing the practice of nursing. Professional associations and clinical practice specialties publish standards of practice. Standards of ...

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