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Nursing
Attributes, characteristics, and actions of the nurse providing care on behalf of, or in conjunction with, the client; the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual and potential health problems.
Consumer
Individual, group of people, or community that uses a service or commodity
Patient
Person who is waiting for or undergoing medical treatment and care.
Client
Recipient of nursing care; includes individuals, families, and communities.
Well-ness
State of well-being.
Illness
Highly individualized response to disease
DRG
Diagnostic-related groups- Classification of clinical conditions used for reimbursement by Medicare to health care provider or facility.
Nurse practice act
Acts that legally define and describe the scope of nursing practice and that protect the public; legal acts that regulate the practice of nursing in the United States and Canada
NCLEX-PN
National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses; a test given to ensure that graduates of practical/vocational nursing schools meet the minimum standards to practice safely as LPNs/LVNs.
Laws
"rules made by humans which regulate social conduct in a formally prescribed and legally binding manner" (Bernzweig, 1996, p. 3).
Tort
Civil wrong committed against a person or a person's property.
Negligence
Misconduct or practice that is below the standard expected of an ordinary, reasonable, and prudent practitioner, which places another person at risk for harm
Malpractice
Negligence that occurs while a person is performing as a professional.
Statute of Limitations
Limit to the amount of time that can pass between recognition of harm and the bringing of a suit
Assault:
An attempt or threat to touch another person unjustifiably
Battery:
The willful and unjustifiable touching of a person or personal items; it may or may not cause harm.
Libel:
Defamation by means of print, writing, or pictures
Inductive reasoning:
Holistic:
Approach that takes into account the client as a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. Forming generalizations from a set of facts or observations
Defamation:
Communication that is false, or made with a careless disregard for the truth, and that results in injury to the reputation of a person.
Invasion of privacy:
Direct wrong of a personal nature that injures the feelings of the person and does not take into account the effect of revealed information on the standing of the person in the community.
Slander:
Defamation by the spoken word, stating information or false words, which can cause damage to a person's reputation
Crime:
Act committed in violation of public (criminal) law and punishable by a fine or imprisonment
Scope of practice:
Document developed by the board of nursing which governs practice within each state.
Liability:
Being legally responsible for one's acts and omissions
Sexual harassment:
"unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature" (EEOC
Values:
Freely chosen, enduring beliefs or attitudes about the worth of a person, object, idea, or action.
Beliefs
Interpretations or conclusions which people accept as being true; they do not necessarily involve values
Attitudes:
Mental positions or feelings toward a person, object, or idea
Ethics:
Method of inquiry that helps people to understand the morality of human behavior; the practices or beliefs of a certain group; the expected standards of moral behavior of a particular group
Bioethics:
Ethics as applied to life.
Autonomy:
The right to make one's own decisions
Advocate:
One who expresses and defends the cause of another.
Code of ethics:
Formal statement of a group's ideals and values.
False imprisonment:
Unlawful restraint or detention of another person against his or her wishes.