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Term Definition Accountability 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 delegates tasks. Accreditation Voluntary process by which schools of nursing are approved to conduct nursing education programs. Acculturation The process of becoming adapted to a new or different culture. Active communication A participatory form of communication that promotes change. Active listening The process of hearing what others are saying with a sense of seriousness and discrimination. Advance directives 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. Advanced practice nurse (APN) 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). Adverse event 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. Aggressive communication A manner of communicating that limits the focus on or understanding of the opinions, values, or beliefs of others. Alternative medical systems 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 may occur. American Nurses Association (ANA) Professional organization that represents all registered nurses. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) An independent agency of the American Nurses Association that conducts certification examinations and certifies advanced practice nurses. Art Any branch of creative work, especially painting and drawing, that displays form, beauty, and/or an unusual perception. Assertive communication 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.
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