A type of CARE EPISODE.
A continuous period of residential nursing care for a client (PATIENT) given on site 24 hours a day as part of a HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL or CARE HOME STAY (NURSING CARE), under the direct care of a NURSE.
The NURSE with overall responsibility for a NURSING EPISODE must be identified. If the responsible NURSE changes then a new NURSING EPISODE or CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER) begins.
During a NURSING EPISODE the PATIENT is either in a care home or in one or more WARDS of a HOSPITAL SITE. In some circumstances a PATIENT may take HOME LEAVE, or LEAVE OF ABSENCE for 28 days or less, or has a current period of ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE of 28 days or less, which does not interrupt the NURSING EPISODE.
This class is also known by these names: