The theorist’s background and perspectives will be explained and lastly the theory will be discussed as to how it can serve as an underpinning and improve nursing practice. Concepts for the Grand Theory When comparing a grand theory to a middle range theory, a grand theory is much more abstract that uses a wide scope to explain and define broad issues. A middle range theory is more specific, focused and concrete (Eldridge, 2014). Watsons’s theory of human caring is a good example of a grand theory. Watson’s theory takes on a holistic approach to providing care for the patients all around wellbeing.
These three points are essential to the role of nursing in our Changing healthcare system. Transforming practice: According to the IOM report, nurses should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Nursing care should be given to patients based on their individual needs not what is convenient for the provider. For patients to receive care required our healthcare system will need transformation and nurses have the opportunity to play a major role; to create a more accessible, high quality we need to visit our scope of practice especially for APN and discuss barriers and restriction on practice. Transforming education: The IOM report indicates that nursing education should serve as a platform for continued lifelong learning and include opportunity for seamless transition into higher education (IOM 2011).
Nursing-sensitive indicators are important to use to achieve optimal nursing care. Nursing-sensitive indicators are important to use to achieve optimal nursing care. Nursing-sensitive indicators can be utilized by nurses using them as reference to certain processes carried out that leads to safer and a higher quality of patient care. It is vital that nurses understand these indicators to prevent hospital acquired injuries and to decreases mortality and morbidity rates. In the scenario with Mr. J, the nursing-sensitive indicators was hospital acquired pressure ulcer, use of restraints that led to patient neglect and injury, safe patient transfer,
Application of Theory to Nurse Staffing Monet J. Scott Chamberlain College of Nursing NR: 501 Theoretical Basis Advance Nursing June 2015 Application of Theory to Nurse Staffing Theories guide the nursing practice in the sense that they may be used to express viewpoints and orientations to the foundational characteristics of the nursing profession. This has a profound impact on the way nursing is practiced in every clinical situation. Theories are also used to comprehend and analyze certain situations resulting in effective nursing approaches and essentials to carry out quality nursing care. Nursing theories are not exclusive to practical and tactile patient care situations but they are also valuable in problem solving. The ability of nurses to respond, preform, and resolve issues accordingly in nursing care situations can be attributed to the use of theory.
The NCNR dedicated areas within its institute to focus just on how to conduct research. Knowing how to conduct research is important as studies were undergone to not only improve nurses’ ability to slow a patient’s illness, but to also assist the nurse in promoting a healthy lifestyle for the patient. The NCNR believes research is necessary because nurses “are more likely to have continuing contact with the most vulnerable populations” (Merritt, 1987). Research is needed to assist nurses in identifying those patients at risk so interventions can be put into place to empower the patient to realize a healthy lifestyle is achievable. Conclusion Nursing research has always been and continues to be directed toward patient care.
Self Evaluation of Critical Thinking Susan R. Bolte The Ohio State University College of Nursing Graduate School Self Evaluation of Critical Thinking “Critical thinking in nursing is an essential component of professional accountability and quality nursing care” (Rubenfeld & Sheffer, 2010, p. 31). Nurses that use effective critical thinking must use certain habits of the mind, as well as, specific cognitive skills. According to Rubenfeld and Sheffer (2010), critical thinking is not only important to clinicians and educators, but also, it is important to patients and their significant others as it has a direct impact on the quality of patient outcomes. Quality patient outcomes require multiple levels of thinking (p. 9). By performing a self-assessment of my own critical thinking skills, I have revealed both strengths, as well as, weaknesses which have provided a basis for this paper.
Running head: DEVELOPING EVALUATION PLAN Developing Evaluation Plan David Fullington Grand Canyon University Professional Research Project November 3, 2011 Developing an Evaluation Plan When developing an evaluation plan, the researcher has to understand what changes are going to be made and they must have data prior to any changes that have already been made. It is important to know why the changes have been made and if they have had a positive or negative impact. According to Miguel and Rogan (2009), communication can be an influential tool and nursing skills are essential for attainment of optimistic healthcare objectives to touch others. Effective communication in healthcare is needed to deliver quality client care; nurses
(Potter & Perry, 2011, p. 2) As a professional nurse, you need to stay informed and be aware of the most current evidence or research. (Potter & Perry, 2011, p. 2) Research helps to inform our practice and helps us to improve patient outcomes. Just as it is important for nurses to be aware of current research, it is also critical that nurses have effective and adaptable communication skills. A nurses responsibility is to effectively communicate with patients and their familles, as well as the team. Effective communication allows nurses to develop important therapeutic skills.
Critical Thinking in Nursing Practice Critical thinking plays a major part in our everyday decision making whether it is at work as a nurse or in our personal lives. In nursing, critical thinking is a vital skill needed to bring about excellent outcome, stand effective quality care, enhance patient’s safety and satisfaction. It helps nurses know when and how to intervene to situations in a timely and fruitful way “to become a professional nurse requires you learn to think like a nurse” (Critical Thinking and Nursing, 2013). As nurses, we make decisions daily while delivering care to our patients. To do this effectively, nurses should be able to acquire and utilize a higher and advanced level of thinking.
The foundation of any successful nursing career is built with continuing education, a strong knowledge base of the history of nursing practice and theories, strong ethical principal and learning effective application of the nursing process. This paper explores different areas that have personally influenced me as a nurse. These influences include Board of Nursing (BRN), Professional Nursing Organizations (PNO), ethical principles, nursing theory, and historical influences. A. Functional Differences The differences between a regulatory agency such as the Board of Nursing and a Professional Nursing Organization is that the BRN regulates, writes laws, approves licensure and governs nurses. The BRN serves to protect patient.