Nurses play an important role in the prevention of pressure ulcers. By recognizing the incidence of pressure ulcers as a nursing sensitive indicator, nurses can develop and follow skin care plans to aid in prevention. In this situation, if
Nursing-sensitive indicators have taken the forefront of quality measures and the definition of how quality of nursing care is evaluated in hospitals and out-patient care settings. These indicators allow nurses and administrators to evaluate how the care they are providing is following evidence-based practices, and how they may improve their practices toward better patient outcomes. The American Nurses Association has made steps forward in promoting these indicators as the definitive standards for patient care and quality improvement. This paper will evaluate how nursing-sensitive indicators could have assisted the staff in taking care of a patient, Mr. J, how nursing-sensitive indicators can advance quality care practices, and evaluate the ethical considerations and solutions to the problems encountered in Mr. J’s care. In the care of the patient Mr. J, utilizing nursing-sensitive indicators could have greatly assisted the nurses and aids in identifying issues that may interfere with patient care and cause negative patient outcomes.
It could also put the service user at risk if these changes are not adhered to especially if it involves any change of medication or any change to the care package itself. It is important to observe an individual’s reaction whilst communicating with them as I the carer need to know that if possible they have fully understood what action I need them to do. If I feel the service user does not understand then the action I would take would be to try and explain in
Describe the elements of a comprehensive health assessment of a geriatric patient. What special considerations should the nurse keep in mind while performing this assessment? Nurses and healthcare professionals need to pay close attention to different things while performing a comprehensive assessment on the older population. The comprehensive assessment includes mental and functional status, social and economic status and the actual assessment of the body functions (Jarvis, 2012). It’s important to observe mental status changes and functional status changes, this can determine how well the patient can take care of themselves and deal with their health promotion on their own.
Placing patients close to nurse’s station or offering frequent toileting can also help reduce potential injuries. If falls continue to occur with precautions in place, incidents need to be reviewed to identify where improvements can be made. Educational opportunities can be offered to staff on the importance of enforcing fall precautions on at-risk patients. Many different nursing-sensitive indicators can be tracked in the same fashion. The important element here is to continuously monitor standardized performance measures and assess the extent to which nursing interventions have an impact on patient safety, quality, and the work
Mission statements are summaries for being. An individual, an organization or a compampany can have a mission statement. Mission statements are not etched in stone and can be revised or ammended as the organization grows or changes. Some health care organizations have department or specialty philosophies that share the overall mission statement of the organization but go beyond the general mission statement to specifically state what the goals and values of the department or specialty are. For example, many departments of nursing have mission statements that pledge their dedication to quality patient-centered care.
The Doctrine of Informed Consent requires the disclosure, comprehension, voluntariness, competence and consent of the patient (Omadagain, 2011). Disclosure encourages that the patient is informed about her medical condition, possible treatments, and expected outcomes for each treatment option. Comprehension means the patient must be told what she/he is getting into. In other words, the disclosure should make sense and be understood by the patient. The voluntariness of the patient, without outside forces is critical.
5. Evaluate and analyze the data – To properly analyze and evaluate the data, the study nurses have to be honest with their answers and believe in the study. The nurse educators or researchers have to interpret what is being relayed to them as accurately as they can. Health professionals should not assume or make unknown judgments from the data; it has to be what the data is
I will be able to understand that the interests of the patient are primary in my career. I will need to include the patient in the planning of care provision and ensure that there is no conflict of interest, enhance collaboration and create professional boundaries at all times. I will be keen on bringing in key professional traits from the American Nurse Association’ code of ethics. One of the key traits is being responsible to the public and as such I should be aware of any health threats to the public (Reed, 2006). The second trait is the facilitation of a healthy work environment based on moral virtues and values.
Our decisions must be guided by our conscience, morals, our professional responsibility, our responsibility for dose we care for, and our responsibility to the organization we work for. Critical decision making or critical thinking is the key to ensure high quality patient care, reduce adverse outcomes, and improve patient safety and satisfaction (Benner, Hughes, & Molly, 2008). Works Cited Anderson, L. (2014, February 11). Understanding the Different Scopes of Nursing Practice. Retrieved from NurseTogether Web site: http://www.nursetogether.com/understanding-the-different-scope-of-nursin Benner, P., Hughes, R. G., & Molly, S. (2008).