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A guide to situational awareness

Learning to handle multiple stimuli of the nurses' role can dramatically improve patient care writes Nicola Davis

Nurses in primary care are present from the first contact with patients and are responsible for establishing regular, continued, and integrated care. However, with an ever-expanding role and so much going on in the workplace, how can nurses possibly keep up?

Primary care nurses must have an understanding of the needs of patients, family members, physicians and healthcare environments. The responsibility of nurses today is no longer limited to vulnerable patient populations or groups with unmet health needs. They need to provide patient-focused care and contribute to bringing better value to the rising demand and costs of healthcare. Situational awareness (SA) can help them achieve this.

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