An ethical duty that states that one should be answerable legally, morally, ethically, or
socially for one's own activities; in the context of delegation, accountability means bearing
responsibility for both the action and the inaction of the nurse and those to whom he or she
Voluntary process by which schools of nursing are approved to conduct nursing education
The process of becoming adapted to a new or different culture.
A participatory form of communication that promotes change.
The process of hearing what others are saying with a sense of seriousness and
Written or verbal instructions prepared by the patient that describe his or her specific wishes
about medical care in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated or incompetent.
Examples include living wills and durable powers of attorney.
Legal title for nurses who are prepared by education and have the competence to conduct
independent practice; advanced practice nursing is based on knowledge and skills acquired
through basic nursing education, along with licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and
graduate education and experience that includes advanced nursing theory, physical
assessment, and psychosocial assessment and treatment of illness. This title applies to
nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), certified registered nurse
anesthetists (CRNAs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs).
An injury that is caused by medical management rather than by the patient's underlying
condition. An adverse event attributable to error is a preventable adverse event.
A manner of communicating that limits the focus on or understanding of the opinions, values,
or beliefs of others.
Acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, community-based health care
practices (e.g., Native American traditions, shamans), environmental medicine, homeopathy,
naturopathy, traditional Oriental medicine.
All hazards approach
A process approach by which all sectors prepare for any emergency or disaster situation that
Professional organization that represents all registered nurses.
An independent agency of the American Nurses Association that conducts certification
examinations and certifies advanced practice nurses.
Any branch of creative work, especially painting and drawing, that displays form, beauty,
and/or an unusual perception.
A form of communication that enables a person to act in his or her own best interest without
denying or infringing upon the rights of others.