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Our definition of nursing.
"Nursing is a dynamic field, the practice of which is continually evolving to include more sophisticated patient care activities," according to the California Nursing Practice Act. The practice of nursing within this act encompasses "those functions, including basic health care, that help people cope with difficulties in daily living that are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems or the treatment thereof, and that require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill." This is congruent with the American Nurse Association's (ANA) Social Policy statement that "nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems."

The Nursing Practice Act of the State of California and ANA's definition of nursing, in conjunction with internal standards and standards generated by appropriate professional organizations and in accordance with accrediting and regulatory agencies, determine the role and responsibilities of the registered professional nurse at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's. These responsibilities are conducted in accordance with the mission and values of MemorialCare Health System.

The practice of nursing by a registered nurse at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's means assuming responsibility and accountability for those nursing actions which include but are not limited to:

  1. Identifying human responses to actual health conditions
  2. Deriving a nursing diagnosis, which identifies the needs of an individual, family or group
  3. Executing a nursing treatment plan through the selection, performance, management and evaluation of proper nursing practice
  4. Teaching patients and families to improve the patient's health outcomes by promoting recovery, speeding return to function, encouraging healthy behavior and appropriately involving patients and families in their care and care decisions
  5. Coordinating the provision of health care services by the interdisciplinary team
  6. Executing diagnostic and therapeutic plans prescribed by duly licensed practitioners authorized under Article 2, Section 2725 "Standardized Procedures," 1 and 2, of the Nursing Practice Act
  7. Administering, supervising, delegating and evaluating nursing activities
A registered nurse will perform these actions or delegate appropriate functions to other members of the nursing team.