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|Nursing Careers in the 4 Domains of Professional Nursing Practice||% of Canadian Jobs in Nursing|
Direct patient care or general duty
A nurse works in this domain when the main responsibility in the job description is using the nursing process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care that is delivered directly to clients and families.
Various levels of supervision of other nurses or health care providers may be involved.
Direct care or general duty positions can occur in a variety of venues and are not restricted to the bedside. The general duty registered nurse could carry out direct care in a hospital, a residential care facility, or in the patient's private home.
When the main responsibility in the job description is supervision of other health care providers including other nurses as well as strategic planning for a department or organization.
When the main responsibility in the job description is assessing learning needs, planning, implementing, and evaluating nurse education programs, the nurse is working in the education domain.
This domain is primarily for teaching students not clients. Health teaching delivered to clients and their families would be part of direct care or general duty care.
When the main responsibility in the job description is designing and implementing research to support nursing practice.
Nursing careers that take place in these various domains are not necessarily formal classifications of jobs in nursing as these are usually determined as part of a labour union agreement.
Rather these 4 domains of nursing practice are used to describe the various ways that nurses practice in the nursing profession and are not necessarily tied to salary structure.
Nursing Careers Statistics1
(2007) Registered nurses database managed by the Canadian Health Institute for Health Information.
|Total number of registered nurses in Canada was reported as 257,961|
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