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From a study of registered nurses' conceptions of the physical science underlying their clinical practice, it was noted that understanding of the physical sciences is inadequate. This inadequacy was in terms of the competencies required of them as nurses (Wilkesand Batts, 1998)…
This paper explains with examples the importance of understanding of physical sciences (chemistry and physics) for the nursing practice.
Today's operating room is a complex environment. Nurses need to have complete knowledge about all the equipments present in the operation theater. Nurses need to have the basic sense of lighting equipments, the ventilators, the ECG, Laproscopes, etc. only with the basic knowledge of these equipment they can arrange the operation theater and also be prepared for any emergency situation. For an operation to be successful, multiple complex tasks must be carried out, both serially and in parallel, while care is exercised to ensure the safety of the patient. It is vital that the operation room be designed so as to permit patients, operation room personnel, and equipment to move and be moved as necessary without being unduly hindered by overcrowding or by obstruction from cables, wires, tubes, or ceiling-mounted devices. Before and during the operation, critical devices must be positioned so that they can readily be brought into use for monitoring and life support.
It is essential for a nurse to have a good knowledge of chemistry. ...
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