10-5-Nurses-overhea - SOC354K Part2:/HealthProfessions Monday,10/5 Nurses,,andAlliedHealth Workers(Weiss&Lonnquist,Ch.10 Objectives o o

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SOC 354K Part 2:  Health and Illness Behaviors / Health Professions Monday, 10/5 Nurses, Mid-level Health Care Practitioners, and Allied Health  Workers ( ) Objectives o Learn the types of nurses and the education requirements o Understand why nursing is not strictly a “profession” and learn  about organizations that advocate for nurses. o Learn the concept of “differentiated practice” and the arguments  for and against it o Learn about the “doctor-nurse game” and changes over time in  the relationship among nurses and physicians o Understand the factors behind the nursing shortage in the US,  some of the consequences of this shortage, and one response to  it. o Be aware of other important points from the reading (on posted  overheads)
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Types of Nurses 1. Licensed practical nurse      (LPN) or Licensed vocational nurse   (LVN) – usually high school graduates who completed short  vocational program; provide care for patients under the  supervision of doctors and RNs.  2. Registered nurse      (RN) – diploma or degree in nursing; different  types of degrees a. Diploma nurses  – typically 3 year hospital based education  (about 10%) b. Associate degree nurses  – 2-3 year program of academic  and nursing courses in a community college; earn an  associate degree and nursing license (about 50%) c. Baccalaureate nurses  – usually BSN – more academic;  theory, broad-based knowledge (about 35%) 3. Advanced practical nurses      (APN) – RNs with additional  certification (e.g., nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, clinical care  specialist); often have MA’s and must pass certifying exam; they  handle many responsibilities traditionally handled by doctors.
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Occupational Status Nursing “profession” probably more appropriately called  “______________________” or “_______________________”.    Most nursing responsibilities are under the supervision of a  ___________ and this ___________________ is the main barrier to a  genuinely professional status. BUT nurses have gained more autonomy which is largely the result of 
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2010 for the course SOC 354K taught by Professor Musick during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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