I can identify with more than one nursing theory influencing my practice but the one I most readily relate with is Julia Brenner’s Theory of Novice to Expert. I believe the reasons started when I was a brand new nurse at a small rural critical access hospital. They sent me to a class for “novice” nurses. It was a class that purpose was to further educate and provide an environment where we could voice our experiences. The hospital had a hard time retaining employees and one motive for the class was helping new nurses feel more comfortable and helping us have meaningful, fulfilling employment.
Interview of Health Care Leader As a nurse who is well-rounded with experience in many areas of the field, I wanted to get a fresh perspective from a health care leader in an area that I do not know much about. I interviewed KIM, a current Director for a Home Healthcare Agency. KIM has a Master’s Degree and is preparing to complete her Doctorate in pursuit of a planning career, path. She has been a working nurse since 1974 with humble beginnings as a Nurse Aide. A leader’s task is to use acquired skills to encourage and motivate others to accomplish a specific goal.
Nursing is a practise-based profession, so it is vital that the clinical skills, that are the tools of the grade(Maggie 1999).According to White(2000),‘To enable students to develop their proficiency in clinical skills nurse educators use innovative methods of supplementing the practice placement experience by turning to simulated practice to achieve this’ (2000). When I was in University, we use role play in simulation lab to monitor vital signs and record it in different Standard Adult General Observation (SAGO) charts. Mayne et al. (2004) further explained that ‘Simulated practice enables students to increase their competencies in the performance of the practical skills in a safe environment’(2004). Being a first year student, my mentor usually allocated me a post-operative patient received back from theatres to record patients' observations includes blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiration (Bulman and Schutz 2004).In the postoperative phase, patient surveillance is based on routine and regulated observation.
In order to achieve this goal, Clinicians have to be competent. Competence as an educator must be earned, established, recognized, and expanded. Core knowledge and skills set are essential if the Nurse Educator is to be effective and achieve excellence in the role. In addition the Nurse Educator must have excellent communication skills, be creative, be flexible and possess excellent critical thinking skills. As an instructor one must also be able to combine their clinical abilities with the following teaching skills: designing curricula; developing courses/ programs of study; teaching/ guiding learners; evaluating learning; documenting the outcomes of education process; facilitate learning, advocate the development of professionalization of future nurses, and design appropriate learning experiences ("NLN," 2002).
Armed with the latest in EBP, the most recent nursing knowledge, and freshly learned skills, the new nurse is expected, by some, to function at the same level as every other experienced nurse on their unit. The members of this committee understand this is an unrealistic expectation, however, just how long should it take for the new graduate nurse to function as an independent staff nurse? Dr. Patricia Benner, one of nursing’s Grand Theorists, has addressed this very question. In her book, From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice, Dr. Benner describes that much of the knowledge learned in nursing is obtained at the bedside, and new nurses will only become expert nurses through time and experience. Dr. Benner based her work on the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition (2001).
Selena Treviño CRSS—4th Mrs. Kissire November 14, 2013 Pathways to Becoming a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner I am very interested in becoming either a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner. I am interested in these careers because I love helping others and doing anything in my power to make others feel better. I enjoy working with others and helping others daily. A physician assistant and a nurse practitioner are common but differ in their unique ways and require two different paths to complete. A Physician Assistant (PA) is a skilled healthcare provider who is academically and clinically prepared to practice medical skill sunder the supervision of a licensed physician.
The bedside nurse is a respected member of the interdisciplinary team. Together with the care team, the ability of building a comprehensive care plan is undeniable. The nurse functions as a liaison between families and physicians, as a teacher for families who are required to care for their child at home, and as a social worker, the nurse, by always being present at the bedside, develops and gains the trust of the patients and their families that may otherwise be lacking with other medical professionals. Therefore bridging the gap overall to allow for effective communication and planning. As part of a nursing leadership team, we have been required to elevate our roles to accommodate the needs of the patients and help with admission and discharge planning.
The Advance Practice Nurse has the opportunity to specialize by focusing on adult, gerontology, family, pediatric and women’s health while the Nurse Educator works to facilitate learning. The Nurse Administrator exhibits leadership skills as an instrument to build and shape organizations in an executive positions. And finally but not least the Nurse Informaticist that employ informatics theories, concepts, methods, and tools to analyze information and information system requirements. Together these masters’ level nurses use their education, training and evidence based theory to be part of a collaborative team to care for the health care community. With the expansion of the role of nursing moves to an Advanced Practice Role through post graduate studies.
If you want to become a registered nurse, you should truly consider taking a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The next step is to get clinic experience. Nurses need to have a certain amount of hours of clinic work. By working in a clinic for awhile, you gain an understanding and the knowledge of how to work with the equipment and how to work with different types of patients which will help you a lot. The last step is to get licensed.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing Beverly’s Personal Philosophy of Nursing In order to write a philosophy of nursing, I believe that first one must decide what philosophy means to them. William R. Thomas (2011), director of programs for The Atlas Society, explains philosophy as an inclusive system of ideas about human nature and the nature of the reality we live in. Studies reveal that this system is a guide for living centered on the issues it addresses and determining the course we take in life and how we treat other people is determined by one’s philosophy. Based on this information a nurse’s philosophy of their responsibilities as a member of the health care profession is significant. As a nurse grows with knowledge and experience their philosophy is likely to yield some transformation.