Regulatory Issues In Nursing

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I have been a registered nurse for thirteen years and nine of these years were spent working in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a level one trauma hospital located in Washington State. This paper will discuss the functional differences of a regulatory agency and a professional nursing organization. I will give two examples how provisions from the nursing code of ethics has influenced my practice as an ICU nurse. Four professional traits found in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics will be portrayed and I will share one of my personal experiences that display two of these traits. Lastly I will discuss one historical nursing figure that has influenced my practice as a registered nurse. A. Functional Differences What…show more content…
Nurses can obtain continuing education credits from symposiums such as NTI or by taking quizzes on the AACN website. AACN also provide scholarships for those nurses who want to further advance their degree. Unlike the NCQAC, the members of the organization elect AACN’s board members. B. Nursing Code Provisions Two examples of how provisions from a nursing code of ethics have influenced my practice are provisions one and two. Provision one states, “The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, person attributes, or the nature of health problems.” (“Code of Ethics,” 2014) Recently I cared for a young woman who suffered a PEA arrest (Pulseless electrical activity) secondary to a pulmonary embolism. Her PEA arrest had left her in a vegetative state due to her anoxic brain injury. She and her husband were both very religious and believed in life. Most of the nurses I work with thought the family was being unreasonable stating, “If it were my family member, I would not want his or her life prolonged.” Despite what the nurse believes in, it is important to not disrespect what the family believes in…show more content…
Theory in Professional Practice Critically ill patients are at high risk for becoming deconditioned and delirious. When I started working in intensive care, keeping your patient sedated and comfortable on the ventilator was the norm. However few years ago early mobility became the new norm. Intubated patients that were mobilized within twenty-four hours from admission were weaned off the ventilator sooner; and they never became delirious or deconditioned. Using fewer sedatives that promoted a normal circadian cycle prevented delirium. Whereas mobilizing early while they are awake and alert prevented muscle weakness from occurring. In return, patients spent fewer days in the hospital and were able to return to their daily lives. E. Historical Nursing Figure A historical nursing figure that has impacted my professional nursing practice is Mary Seacole. Seacole was a black Jamaican nurse who wanted to help Florence Nightingale’s team of nurses during the Crimean War but her efforts were thwart due to her skin color. Despite this, she utilized her own resources and money to aid soldiers during the war. Being a person
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