-putting the patient in the best condition for nature to act; nightengale
-the unique funtino of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those actividties contribution to health or recovery that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strenght, will, or knowledge. and do this in such a way as to help him gain independance as rapidly as possible; henderson
-the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual and potential health problems
advanced practice nurse (APN)
is a nurse with a master's degree in nursing, advanced education in pharmacology and physical assessment, and expertise in a specialized area of practice.
a general clinician with education at the master's degree level
doctorate of nursing practice (DNP)
degree and credential endorsed in 2004 by the AACN to support its position to move the educaitonal preparation for nursing practive from the master's degree level to the doctoral level in 2015; and is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in np
clinical decision making
a problem solving activity in which critical thinking is used to resolve problems; it is a dynamic process that involves the interplay among knowledge of clinical problems, patient information, and available treatment options.