Once completing my bachelors of science in nursing, I can continue my long-term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. The skills required of a nurse practitioner are skills that I have been practicing throughout my career as a nurse. I will listen to my patient’s needs and concerns, and provide them with information in a way they can understand it. I will have better critical thinking and reasoning skills for when problems or situations arise. I will have the knowledge and information needed to diagnose and treat.
Most of the upper division classes in a BSN program consist of Nursing Theory. Having the theoretical knowledge allows the nurse to take those critical thinking skills to a new level. “The BSN program teaches concepts of health maintenance and promotion, disease prevention, supervisory and leadership techniques and practices, and introduction into research. Additionally the program emphasizes critical decision and assessment skills and exercising independent nursing judgments...” (LaSac pp 242.) A BSN trained nurse is prepared for leadership roles in the healthcare field, either as a clinical leader/manager or as a research assistant.
Having knowledge of the foundations and history of nursing provide a context in which to understand current practice, and how it has evolved and developed as a profession throughout the centuries. By understanding the history and foundation of nursing, we the present day nurses has no choice but to appreciate the nurses of the past centuries for their effortless contributions that got us to where we are today. We have many theories such as Florence Nightingale and host of others to be appreciated for paving the way for us. One of the trends in the nursing practice demonstrated by the interactive timeline is nursing education. In the early stage of nursing, most of the people engaged in this profession were uneducated and unrecognized people in the society.
As nurses we have all heard of nursing interventions. In nursing school we are taught how to make nursing care plans that are specific to each patient and include the appropriate interventions needed to provide quality care. It is not any different now that we are practicing nurses. Every day we use nursing care plans and make changes to the patient’s plan of care as necessary. This is to ensure patient safety, quality care, and improved patient outcomes.
Documenting chief nursing officer’s preference for BSN-prepared nurses . The Journal of Nursing Administration, 31(2), 55-59. http://dx.doi.org/Retrieved from www.aacn.nche.edu/media Johnson, J. (1988). Differences in the performance of baccalaureate, associate degree and diploma nurses:A meta-analysis . Research in Nursing and Health, 11, 183-197. http://dx.doi.org/Retrieved from www.aacn.nche.edu/media the impact of education on nursing practice.
Lastly, a reflection of findings will be discussed as to how nurses could contribute the information from the two interviews into their own professional growth and development. The first interview question pertained to the interviewee’s role in their current position and their educational preparation. The CRNA interviewed had an extensive emergency and critical care background, which applies greatly to his position today as he works in several areas, including the ICU, of the hospital where he is employed. The nurse educator was previously a nurse practitioner in a family practice office where she learned the patient teaching aspect that transitioned into her educational role today. Each interview participant explained the unique contributions they each made as nurses and brought to their interdisciplinary team.
Promoting Interdisciplinary Care As the nursing supervisor I would promote using a team approach to improve quality and continuity of care for patients. An interdisciplinary team would involve layering of medically trained professionals from various levels of education and talent. This diversity would allow every aspect of a clients’ needs to be adequately met. In this situation there is a potential group of similar patients (although we focus on one). The first step I would take would be to introduce each team member and educate each member on other their role and the role of others.
Thesis: to define work of a registered nurse, this paper will discuss the job itself and its working conditions, the skills and schooling needed for success, a salary range and pathways to advance in the field, and the future job opportunities predicted for the career area. Body1: registered nurses (RN) are primary health care practitioners working in collaboration with physicians to promote patient health and prevent illness. Registered nurses job description includes, recording and analyze patient medical histories, symptoms and conditions, administer medications and treatments, create patient care plans with the help of healthcare professionals, document and communicate actions to maintain continuity among the nursing team, comply with procedures, regulations and rules in maintaining medical records, perform diagnostic tests on patients to assess their condition, discuss treatment with physicians and pharmacists, prepare patients for examinations and treatments, and teach patients and their families about treatments. Registered nurses may spend a lot of time walking, bending, stretching, and standing. They are exposed to back injuries because they must often life and move patients.
Nursing Documentation and Malpractice Law HCS/545 Health Law and Ethics May 31, 2010 Mary Nell Cummings Nursing Documentation and Malpractice Lawsuits Proper medical documentation can prevent liability issues and malpractice lawsuits. The focus on my paper will concentrate on nursing documentation and malpractice lawsuits. I presently work for a home health care agency. The entire staff throughout the company was recently informed of increased Medicare denials and possible lawsuits as results of inadequate documentations. A series of education training of documentation was implemented to help reduce episodes of Medicare payment denials and self-protection through adequate documentation.