Rtt 1 Task 1

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Western Governors University RTT1, Task 1 The following essay will identify how nursing-sensitive indicators could improve the care of Mr. J. The paragraphs below will discuss how application and tracking of these indicators can be beneficial to the overall care provided at the hospital. In addition, there will be discussion of how the lead nursing supervisor can use the identified principles to resolve ethical issues in care. A. Nursing-Sensitive Indicators Nursing-sensitive indicators were developed by the American Nurses’ Association (ANA) to reflect the structure, process and outcome of nursing care. Structure is measured by the staff: amount, skill-level, and education or certification. Process indicators measure the facets of nursing care, such as assessment and intervention. Outcome indicators refer to patient outcomes that are affected by nursing care and are considered nursing-sensitive if directly affected by the quantity or quality of the nursing care (ANA, 2013). Through understanding of nursing-sensitive indicators and integration into daily practice, the staff caring for Mr. J could have been more aware of potential issues that interfere with patient care. Knowledge of the increased risk for pressure ulcers and the need for frequent turning and off-loading of pressure points could have allowed the staff to prevent the one forming along Mr. J’s spine. Proper education of all staff, nurses and aides alike, could have helped the CNA assisting the patient to identify the redness earlier and begin appropriate interventions. Another issue that could have been prevented through knowledge of indicators is the unnecessary use of restraints. If Mr. J’s mental status was such that he required additional safety measures, the need to adjust staffing to allow more direct care and observation of the patient could have been identified. Both the pressure ulcer

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