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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2006 October;57(5):443-6

language: Italian

Risk Management: the nurse’s duties in patient care

Schirru M. A. 1, Grivet V. 2

1 Servizio Infermieristico ASL 2, Torino
2 Unità di Nefrologia e Dialisi ASL 2, Torino


Like other professionals, nurses carry out their duties in a relationship of cooperation, recognition and respect, doing their share in analysis, planning, execution and evaluation of the patient’s course of care. The course of care leads to an increase in responsibility levels concerning not only technical skills but all organizational and management problems. The levels can be divided into: a strategy level; a management level; a professional level. Unlike the detailed lists used in the past to define a nurse’s duties, the skills and related functions for each level are outlined according to guiding criteria for nursing care. In this way, the course of care offers an opportunity to overcome a rigidly structured function-related work profile in favour of a multiprofessional nursing-centred system. The aspects that represent the true challenge for tomorrow’s profession and the organization of health care comprise: training, continuing education as a fundamental tool for a systematic revision of processes and related nursing skills; operative aspects, transparent recognition of roles in case management, simplification of relationships between nurses, between nurses and doctors and between nurses and patients.

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