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Becoming a Nurse

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Introduction 1. Becoming a NurseIntroductionYou as an individualThe Historical development of nursingProfessional boundariessummary2. Transition from Student Nurse to Registered NurseTransitionTransition to Professional Practice ProgramSummary3. Interprofessional CollaborationIntroductionTerminology and definitionsContextualisation of IPCBenefts and challenges of IPCInerprofessional capabilitiesChallenge to future health practitionersSummary4. Cultural Diversity in HealthcareCultural diversity in AustraliaCulturally competent care-what is it?Cultural competence development through daily practiceSummary5. Entering Clinical SettingsTransition from university to the clinical settingPrior work experienceCareer goalsTransition to Professional Practice ProgramSummary6. Research in Clinical PracticeIntroductionWhat is research?Summary7. Australia's Healthcare SystemAustralia's healthcare systemAustralia's healthcare workforceChanges to service deliverySummary8. Leadership in Nursing and HealthcareIntroductionLeadership and emotional intelligenceLeadership and nursesClinical leadershipLeadership for the futureSummary9. Essential Competencies for the Registered NurseEssential competenciesSkills and competenciesBeginning registered nurse competenciesOther nursing competenciesSummary10. Translating Research Knowledge into PracticeIntroductionWhat is knowledge translation?What is evidence-based practice?Summary11. Safety, Quality and the Registered NurseIntroductionSafety, quality and the registered nurseViolence in the workplaceHarassment in the workplaceEveryone's responsibilitySummary12. Legal Responsibilities and EthicsIntroductionNurses' legal responsibilities in relation to professional practiceEthicsPatient rightsNon-clinical ethical issuesWhistleblowingSummary13. Health Information Systems and TechnologiesIntroductioneHealthNursing informaticsNursing informatics competenciesmHealthSummary14. Lifelong learning and the Registered NurseIntroductionContinuing professional developmentLifelong learningCareer planningApplying for a positionTaking care of yourselfSummary

About the Author

Maria Fedoruk - Program Director of the Stage 2 Bachelor of Nursing program, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia. Anne Hofmeyer - Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia.

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