Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses at a Glance 1st Edition 2015 PDF


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In order to care effectively for people (sick or well) the nurse has to have an understanding and insight into anatomy and physiology.
The human body is composed of organic and inorganic molecules that are organised at a variety of structural levels; despite this an individual should be seen and treated in a holistic manner. If the nurse is to provide appropriate and timely care, it is essential that they can recognise illness, deliver effective treatment and refer appropriately with the person at the centre of all they do.
Nurses are required to demonstrate a sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the intention of providing safe and effective nursing care. This is often assessed as a part of a programme of study. The overall aim of this concise text is to provide an overview of anatomy and physiology and the related biological sciences that can help to develop your practical caring skills and improve your knowledge with the aim of you becoming a caring, kind and compassionate nurse. It is anticipated that you will be able to deliver increasingly complex care for the people you care for when you understand how the body functions.
This text provides you with the opportunity to apply the content to the care of people. As you begin to appreciate how people respond or adapt to pathophysiological changes and stressors you will be able to understand that people (regardless of age) have specific biological needs.
The integration and application of evidence-based theory to practice is a key component of effective and safe health care. This goal cannot be achieved without an understanding of anatomy and physiology.
Living systems can be expressed from the very smallest level; the chemical level, atoms, molecules and the chemical bonds connecting atoms provide the structure upon which living activity is based. The smallest unit of life is the cell. Tissue is a group of cells that are alike, performing a common function. Organs are groups of different types of tissues working together to carry out a specific activity. Two or more organs working together to carry out a particular activity is described as a system. Another system that possesses the characteristics of living things is an organism, with the capacity to obtain and process energy, the ability to react to changes in the environment and to reproduce.

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