Determining nursing actions

Determining nursing actions


Nursing practice involves the application of impeccable skills and knowledge as well as judgment to restore promote and maintain the health of the patients. Notably, registered nurses alleviate suffering from the patients and also prevent illness (Drummond, 2015). The work of registered nurses include, but is not limited to assessment of health status of an individual, as well as administering the required medication to ensure positive health outcome of the patients. Factors that need to be considered when determining if identified actions are within the domain of nursing practice

  • The consistent of the act with the nursing practice of a given state. Nursing acts aimed at regulating various nursing practice differ from one state to another (Maillet, et al., 2015). The consistency of the action with the already established nursing act is of significant importance.
  • The authorization of the act by a valid order or support by other healthcare professionals. This is another important factor to consider before undertaking any action in practice (Maillet, et al., 2015). The view of other healthcare professionals concerning the action matters,
  • Determination of if the action is by the current procedures and policy. Healthcare procedures and policy changes often to meet healthcare demand of the patients; hence one must be up to date with the latest procedure and policy (Drummond, 2015). It is essential to compare the action with the current procedures and policy before undertaking them.
  • The support of the action from conclusive and positive data from nursing research and literature as well as other health related fields (Sastre‐Fullana et al,. 2014). It involves assessing the availability of evidence-based practice to support a given action before undertaking them.
  • If the nurse possesses the needed clinical competence to undertake a given task (Drummond, 2015). The nurse needs to have needed skills and knowledge to undertake the action to ensure the positive outcome.
  • Determination of the performed act is by the accepted standard of care (Maillet, et al., 2015). The accepted standard practice determines the appropriateness of a given healthcare procedure.
  • If the nurse is prepared to accept the consequences associated with the actions. The nurse needs are away and take the responsibility of the action.


Nurses have the responsibility of ensuring that the needs of their clients are met. Notably, they have the responsibility of alleviating the pain and suffering from their clients and to preventing illness. They are required to carry out various actions to ensure positive health outcome of the patients. They should consider various factors before undertaking an action to ensure positive results.


Drummond, M. F., Sculpher, M. J., Claxton, K., Stoddart, G. L., & Torrance, G. W. (2015). Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes. Oxford university press.

Maillet, É., Mathieu, L., & Sicotte, C. (2015). Modeling factors explaining the acceptance, actual use and satisfaction of nurses using an Electronic Patient Record in acute care settings: An extension of the UTAUT. International journal of medical informatics84(1), 36-47.

Sastre‐Fullana, P., Pedro‐Gómez, D., Bennasar‐Veny, M., Serrano‐Gallardo, P., & Morales‐Asencio, J. M. (2014). Competency frameworks for advanced practice nursing: a literature review. International nursing review61(4), 534-542.

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