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    Nursing and midwifery professionals assist medical doctors in their tasks, deal with emergencies in their absence, and provide professional nursing care for the sick, injured, physically and mentally disabled, and others in need of such care, or they de liver or assist in the delivery of babies, provide antenatal and post-natal care and instruct parents in baby care.

    Tasks include -

    (a) giving professional nursing care and treatment, either as curative or preventive measures, to ill, injured, disabled and other patients, and newborn babies and their mothers, in hospitals, clinics or other establishments;

    (b) assisting medical doctors in their tasks, dealing with emergencies and giving first-aid treatment in their absence;

    (c) administering medicine and drugs, applying surgical dressings and giving other forms of treatment prescribed by physicians;

    (d) supervising and coordinating the work of nursing and other non-medical staff in operating theatres and assisting surgeons during operations;

    (e) participating in preparations for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients;

    (f) participating in preparations for social adjustment, development and education of mentally or physically handicapped patients;

    (g) giving profeSSional nursing care to patients in their own homes;

    (h) providing professional nursing services, care and advice within the community or at a workplace;

    (i) specialising in consultant services to schools, industry and other organisations;

    (j) checking on general health and progress of expectant mothers during pregnancy, and giving them professional advice and care;

    (k) delivering babies in normal births and assisting doctors with difficult deliveries;

    (l) attending mothers in the post-natal period to supervise their recovery, to check on babies' progress, and to instruct parents in baby care;

    (m) advising on and administering birth control methods;

    (n) performing related tasks;

    (o) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Matron

  • Midwife, professional

  • Nurse, professional

  • Sister, nursing/professional

  • Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Aid, nursing/hospital - 5132

  • Midwife, associate professional - 3232

  • Nurse, associate professional - 3231

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 Updated 10 August 2004, by VA.