Healthcare professionals are committed to keeping their patient's information confidently. Confidentiality is one of the essential duties of health care practice as well as lawful right of the patient. Healthcare staff could not disclose patient's vital information without the proper consent of the patient. In some difficult situation, nurses may face breaking the patient's confidentiality. An article by Nathanson (2000) described the condition of the ethical problem when a nurse had to disrupt the confidentiality of patient information to a suitable person.
The importance of documentation and the ethical principles that will guide any nurse’s practice will be reviewed. West's Encyclopedia of American Law defines negligence “as the failure to use reasonable care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances.” When health care professional duties fail to meet this standard, negligence is the proven outcome. Medication administration not followed by a nurse as ordered, that result the patient's illness worsening or causes death, negligence may be proven. Nurse’s must know and adhere to the standards of care, maintain competency, state board regulations, and seek out further education, failure to do so may result in a charge of negligence. Gross negligence can be defined as a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both (West, 1998).
a pilot study by the National Nursing research unit, at King’s College london, has shown that interruptions are contextually dependent on ward layout, patient care, trust or ward protocols and the seniority of the nurses undertaking the tasks involved. interruptions affect staff cognitively by interfering with working memory, causing lack of focus (Potter et al 2005) and invoking feelings of frustration and stress. however, it must be noted that interruptions in healthcare settings may sometimes be essential to good staff communication so that harm and error can be minimised or eradicated. 22 February 2010 | Volume 16 | Number 9 The evidence of the contribution to medication administration errors of interruptions to nurses’ work examined by the authors included systematic
As nurses, we have an important role as patient advocate. There is no doubt that patients need nurses’ care and support, therefore, they expect the nurses to meet their demands and protect their best interests. As one of the patient’s most trustworthy healthcare providers, nurses are expected to advocate for all patients regardless of their condition. Hence, nurses should advocate patient’s rights through the way of maintaining a safe environment, which includes the protection of confidential information. According to Taylor, Lillis, LeMone, and Lynn’s book Fundamentals of Nursing, “Nurses should respect patients’ will and be loyal to them at any time as well as carefully evaluate the competing claims of the patient’s autonomy” (Taylor p.103).
Because the values and responsibilities of nurses is shaped by history the report was based on this idea, and was developed as a historical evidence grounded modern data. History shows evidence of what nurses can achieve, like how nurses were the founders of community health practices. History also helps in arguing about major policy issues. For example if nurses are allowed to participate as leaders and valued clinicians only will better, quality and easy health access can be achieved. Nursing historians are important to give advice on policy matters, so that all the interested parties can achieve the same goal and better patient care.
They advocate for the individuals and focuses not only on the treatment component of an individual, but also on prevention and health promotion. They also seek for the protecting of human and legal rights and the securing of adequate care based on the notion that the patient has the right to make informed decisions about their health. According to nursing standards (2010) “people value nurses but do not understand how complex the profession
Policy Priority: Safe Staffing for Nurses Stephanie Minervini Chamberlain College of Nursing NR506: Health Care Policy July 2013 Introduction Inadequate staffing is becoming an increasing concern for not only nurses but the public as well. Research has found a strong connection between low nurse staffing and higher rates of patient complications. A study from the New England Journal of medicine determined that patient mortality was significantly related to nurse staffing levels. Staffing the right number of nurses with the right knowledge and skill base to meet the needs of patients is essential to achieving optimal nursing outcomes. Sources that can help us plan staffing models or determine appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios include standards defined by professional nursing organizations and regulatory agencies, and benchmarks from the American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators.
Upon completing both leadership assessment tests, I was able to analyze my strengths and create action plans in areas that need improvement. Rath and Conchie (2008) suggests to lead effectively one must be aware of their strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this paper is to assess a nursing practice quality improvement issue and analyze how applying effective leadership methods developed from previous assessments could have improved the outcome. ROLE As a future advance practice nurse (APN) who is seeking a position in nursing management in the field of labor and delivery, it is imperative to always be aware of ways to improve the quality of care provided to patients. As a nurse administering high alert medications it is important to follow protocols and guidelines set in place to maintain the safety of the patients in our care.
A vulnerable population is a group of people who are at risk for injury or susceptible to harm. In relation to health care the phrase vulnerable population is used to describe a group of patients at risk for certain medical problems. Vulnerable patients sometimes encounter barriers that prevent them from receiving medical services. Some of these barriers may be financial, lack of family support and possibility educational level. Throughout my career I have had many experiences with vulnerable populations such as the chronically ill and elderly.
APPLY EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN NURSING Nurses communicate on a variety of levels, using a range of channels, in the clinical environment with patients, their relatives and significant others as well as multi-disciplinary health care staff to deliver optimal health care commonly using interpersonal, small-group and organizational communication. During nursing communication different strategies are employed to verbally and non-verbally send and receive information to effectively deliver healthcare, convey empathy, follow policies, procedures and standards relating to communication and to encourage the therapeutic relationship. (Funnell, Koutoukidis & Lawrence 2009, pp. 446 - 447) Nurses need to be skilled and possess self-awareness in order to create effective therapeutic relationships with patients from a diverse range of backgrounds. Additionally, nurses must be factual, descriptive and contemporaneous in communications of patient information with colleagues.