Nursing Interventions

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Nursing interventions are the plan of action a nurse must take with respect to patient disorders. Interventions are arrived at only after careful assessment of the patient's signs. The ability to quickly and accurately assess these signs is what defines a skilled and capable nurse. However, as with any skilled profession, one's capabilities can only be improved with time and practice.

The beginning of every nurse's career is in nursing school, where the initial skills and knowledge are acquired. However, these are just the building blocks upon which a successful career is based. Even the best nursing schools cannot provide their students with the experience they can only acquire from years of practice in the real world. Mastery of nursing interventions is a product of this experience.

Learning and Memorizing Nursing Interventions

Nursing interventions are indicated in nursing manuals and textbooks. These need to be memorized by nursing students so that, by the time they are practicing nurses, they have this knowledge firmly in place. This will enable them to make quick and accurate decisions regarding nursing care plans. In fact, much of nursing school consists of memorization of disorders, signs, nursing interventions, and long-term management plans.

Oftentimes, the deciding factor in nursing school success is the helpfulness (or lack thereof) of learning materials themselves. Those that are easy to use and understand seem to yield the most success. On the other hand, those that are long-winded, overly technical and confusing are linked to higher frustration and dropout rates. Thus, the goal of nursing manuals, both for students and working nurses, is to provide clear and accurate information in an easy-to-use format.

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