What are Nursing Interventions?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Nursing interventions involve a nurse furthering a patient's course of treatment.
Nursing interventions involve a nurse furthering a patient's course of treatment.

Nursing interventions are actions undertaken by a nurse to further the course of treatment for a patient. In several nations, professional nursing organizations have created complex classification systems for such interventions, creating a standardized system that can be used by all nurses to provide a high level of care. The goal is to improve the health and comfort of the patient.

Nurses often carry out the interventions recommended or agreed on by a patient's care team.
Nurses often carry out the interventions recommended or agreed on by a patient's care team.

There are four stages to nursing interventions. The first is the assessment, in which the nurse determines what the problem is, as for instance in the case of someone with a nail in his or her foot. After the assessment, the nurse formulates an appropriate intervention plan, which in the case of this fictional patient would involve removal of the nail, irrigation of the wound, the administration of prophylactic antibiotics, and a tetanus shot. After planning, the nurse implements the treatment he or she has formulated, and then evaluates the patient to determine the outcome of the interventions, and to decide if additional interventions need to be undertaken.

A nurse may help treat minor flesh wounds.
A nurse may help treat minor flesh wounds.

Nurses can work alone or as part of patient care teams, and interventions work in the same way in both cases. When a patient is admitted to the hospital, for example, he or she may have medical orders from a doctor, such as a standing order for medication, but the nurses also formulate a plan, which may include things like regularly checking patient vitals, monitoring fluid output, and educating the patient and his or her family about the situation.

A nurse may help treat broken bones.
A nurse may help treat broken bones.

Nursing interventions can include things like counseling, referrals, patient advocacy, the administration of medication, and the performance of minor medical procedures. As in all medical care, the primary concern is keeping the patient stable enough to receive treatment, while the secondary concern is evaluating all patient needs and deciding on a course of action. When a patient comes in with an obstructed airway and a broken leg, for instance, the airway must be secured before the broken leg can be treated. Nurses are also unafraid to call in support from other medical professionals when they need it.

During the first stage of nursing interventions, the nurse determines the patient's problem.
During the first stage of nursing interventions, the nurse determines the patient's problem.

In nursing schools, students are usually taken through a number of theoretical cases in which they are presented with a hypothetical assessment, and asked to come up with a nursing plan which includes specific interventions. Nursing students also discuss routine interventions that are used on a regular basis, and learn about how to assess patients, how to work with other medical staff to achieve a treatment plan, and how to interact with patients and their families to ensure that everyone stays informed, comfortable, and happy.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a InfoBloom researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a InfoBloom researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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    • Nursing interventions involve a nurse furthering a patient's course of treatment.
      By: Izaokas Sapiro
      Nursing interventions involve a nurse furthering a patient's course of treatment.
    • Nurses often carry out the interventions recommended or agreed on by a patient's care team.
      By: Andres Rodriguez
      Nurses often carry out the interventions recommended or agreed on by a patient's care team.
    • A nurse may help treat minor flesh wounds.
      By: rufar
      A nurse may help treat minor flesh wounds.
    • A nurse may help treat broken bones.
      By: nebari
      A nurse may help treat broken bones.
    • During the first stage of nursing interventions, the nurse determines the patient's problem.
      By: dmitrimaruta
      During the first stage of nursing interventions, the nurse determines the patient's problem.