Chapter-03 Foundation of Nursing

BOOK TITLE: Book: Best Before Exams—A Quick Review for Competitive Exams for Nursing Officers

1. Mendagudli Veerabhadrappa G
2. Mahajani Viresh S
Publishing Year
Author Affiliations
1. Dr Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundations (DVVPF’s), College of Nursing, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
2. VMMC Medical College and Shri Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sarvopchar Rugnalay, Solapur, Maharashtra, India
Chapter keywords
Health, illness, communication, nursing, nursing process, physical examination, sterilization, disinfection, biomedical waste management, first aid, emergency kit


The chapter provides a brief review as well as multiple-choice questions on foundation of nursing. The topics that are briefly covered in this chapter include health and illness, communication and interpersonal relationships in nursing, principles and practices of nursing, nursing process, admission of the patient, health assessment and physical examination, sterilizations and disinfection, biomedical waste management, first aid and emergency kit. Purposes of communication are information, education, persuasion, and entertainment. Health models have been developed to help describe the concepts and relationships involved in health and illness. These are host-agent-environment model, health-illness continuum model, high-level wellness model, and health belief model. The practice of nursing is defined as diagnosing and treating human response to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling and provision of support to or restoration of life and well-being and executing medical regimes prescribed by licensed or otherwise legally authorized physician or dentist. The nursing process is an orderly systematic manner of determining the patient’s problems, making plans to solve them, initiating the plan or assigning others to implement it and evaluating the extent to which the plan was effective in resolving the problems identified.

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