After the patient’s surgery, part of the nurse’s responsibility is to monitor the patient’s vital signs and to monitor for signs of shock and/or arrest. The wound is also monitored for bleeding and infection. Wound care is administered by the nurse. Assisting the registered nurse in the management of pain is also a task in my clinical practice area. It also includes the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting. Health education is also administered by the nurse. The discharge of the patient is also part of postoperative nursing care. Health education during discharge shall include precautions that the patient should take, as well as medications and follow-up visits. The above-mentioned responsibilities of the nurse help to ease the surgical experience for the patient (Alexander, et., 2004, p. Part of the preoperative and postoperative nursing care in my clinical practice area also includes assisting the registered nurses in their administration of nursing care to the patient. Some of the responsibilities of the registered nurses are more specialized and they require training which I do not yet have. Hence, my role is more focused on assisting and learning from the registered nurse.The mission statement of the surgical ward that I am working in includes the administration of quality pre-operative and post-operative care. Such general vision is supported by specific objectives which include maintaining the integrity of the nursing profession by treating all people with respect and dignity and valuing the personal and cultural preferences of the patients in preoperative and postoperative surgical care. Another objective of the unit is to maintain professionalism by applying the highest ethical standards and excellence in patient care. The unit also aims to apply the latest evidence-based practice for patients in preoperative and postoperative surgical care. Finally, the unit also aims to establish a strong and coordinated nursing care practice through teamwork and collective responsiveness in patient care. These aims are commonly seen in various surgical units across the country.
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