Examine the development of nursing as a profession
Explore the functions of the health care structures and specialties in Ireland and the effects of European Union directives on nursing
Describe the stages of the nursing process and how they relate to patient care
Outline the Code of Practice for nurses
Identify the activities of daily living and how to assist a patient in these activities
Explain commonly nursing terminology and medical abbreviations
Identify the members of primary, secondary and tertiary health care teams and their functions
Explain the importance of precision in administering drugs and recording the procedure
Describe empathic behaviour of the care worker
Practice safe lifting techniques
Execute the measurement and accurate recording of temperature, respiration, blood pressure and fluid balance
Demonstrate knowledge of commonly occurring infections to include the organisms that cause them, the modes of transmission of these organisms, the effects of each infection and how to prevent infection and cross infection.
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