Chapter 2 The Nurse’s Role in Maternity, Women’s Health, and Pediatric Nursing

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BCCC Maternal-Child Nursing 3rd ed

Advocacy

Speaking or arguing in support of a policy or a person's rights.

Ambiguity (ambiguous)

Lack of clarity or certainty; having more than one meaning.

Assumptions

Beliefs taken for granted without examination.

Baseline data

Information that describes the status of the client before treatment begins.

Bias

A prejudice that sways the mind.

Cesarean birth

Surgical birth of the fetus through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus.

Delegated nursing interventions

Physician-prescribed nursing actions that require nursing judgment because nurses are accountable for correct implementation. See also independent nursing interventions.

Fetus

The developing baby from 9 weeks after conception until birth. In everyday practice the term is often used to describe a developing baby during pregnancy, regardless of age.

Independent nursing interventions

Nurse-prescribed actions used in both nursing diagnoses and collaboratively addressed problems. See also delegated nursing interventions.

Inference

The act of drawing a conclusion or making a deduction.

Judgment

An opinion.

Nursing diagnosis

A clinical judgment about individual, family, or community responses to actual or potential health problems or life processes.

Reflection

Meditation, attentive consideration.

Skepticism

Doubt in the absence of conclusive evidence.

Suspend

To delay or to bring to a stop temporarily.

Validate

To make certain that the information collected during assessment is accurate.

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