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nurse’s aide, nurse aide

ABBR: NA. An individual who assists nurses by performing the patient-care procedures that do not require special technical training, such as feeding and bathing patients.

nurse-led chronic disease management

Nurse-led disease management.

nurse-led disease management

Case management of complex or costly diseases by registered nurses who have primary responsibility for patient contact and feedback, usually based on well-accepted, proven, disease-specific guidelines. SYN: nurse-led chronic disease management.

nurse navigator

A nurse who guides patients and families through the complexities of contemporary care, sharing administrative, clinical, psychosocial, and technical knowledge.

Nurse Reinvestment Act

Public law 107-205, a federal law enacted in 2002 that created incentives to enter or remain in the nursing profession. It provided funding to recruit students, retained nurses in current assignments, trained nurse educators, and ensured the competency of nurses who care for older adults.


A hospital department in which newborns are cared for.

day n. Day care center.

nurse supply estimate

The number of licensed, registered nurses in active fulltime practice, plus half the number of licensed nurses who work part-time. The estimate includes all associate-, baccalaureate-, and graduate-level nurses.


(nŭrs′tip″) [Acronym from Nurse Training on Immunization Project] A national education project whose goal is to increase nursing knowledge and competency in contemporary immunization practices. Website:

nurse-to-patient ratio

The number of nurses assigned to care for a patient, esp. in a hospital. Low nurse-to-patient ratios have been associated with a decrease in the quality of hospital care and an increase in complications in care.


(nŭrs′ing) 1. The care and nurturing of healthy and ill people, individually or in groups and communities. The American Nurses Association identifies four essential features of contemporary nursing practice: attention to the full range of human experiences and responses to health and illness without restriction to a problem-focused orientation; integration of objective data with knowledge gained from an understanding of the patient or group’s subjective experience; application of scientific knowledge to the processes of diagnosis and treatment; and provision of a caring relationship that facilitates health and healing. SEE: nurse. 2. Breast-feeding.

advanced practice n. Primary medical care provided by nurses prepared at the master’s or doctoral level, including nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists. These nurses may practice independently or with a supervising or collaborating physician.

barrier n. A form of infection control in which gloves, gowns, and masks are used to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses in ...

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