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close this bookHospitals for War-Wounded (ICRC; 1998; 168 pages)
View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentPREFACE
View the documentACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
View the documentABOUT THE AUTHORS
View the documentINTRODUCTION
open this folder and view contentsChapter 1: SETTING UP THE HOSPITAL
open this folder and view contentsChapter 2: RUNNING THE HOSPITAL
close this folderChapter 3: MANAGING THE PATIENTS
View the document3.1 THE HEAD NURSE: A KEY POSITION
open this folder and view contents3.2 ADMITTING THE PATIENT
close this folder3.3 MANAGING THE WARDS
View the documentThe nurse in charge of the ward
View the documentOrganizing the workload
View the documentKeeping patients' files
open this folder and view contents3.4 NURSING THE PATIENT
open this folder and view contents3.5 AN INFLUX OF WOUNDED AND TRIAGE
open this folder and view contents3.6 SUPPORT SERVICES
open this folder and view contentsChapter 4: THE OPERATING THEATRE
open this folder and view contentsChapter 5: TEACHING UNTRAINED PERSONNEL
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The nurse in charge of the ward

The nurse in charge of the surgical ward may be the only person on the ward with previous nursing experience; he or she is responsible for the daily management of the patients. This requires teamwork and is where standard procedures and guidelines are most useful. The nurse in charge may not often be involved with direct “hands-on” nursing except in a teaching capacity.

The responsibilities of the nurse in charge include:

• organization and clinical supervision of inexperienced staff with a practical approach to maintaining standards of care

• practical bedside teaching and reinforcement of what has been learnt in the classroom (see Chapter 5)

• organization of the ward routines, in particular:

 

• ward rounds
• operating lists
• distribution of drugs
• visiting times
• collection of laboratory samples
• discharge of patients
• ordering and delivery of supplies
• duty rosters
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