According to Barrett, when attempting to define what nursing science is, it remains quite a mystery. With various different worldviews, with wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge evolving over time, has made it a challenge to come with a universal definition. To ensure that nurses are current with the best practical and evidence based practices, it is important to focus on nursing-discipline-specific knowledge. Fawcett stresses the importance of using nursing discipline-specific knowledge in the form of explicit nursing conceptual models, because it governs the foundation of what and why nurses do what they do. Fawcett makes it clear that nurses must develop adequate knowledge in order to apply new evidence based treatments and
Every nurse, at some point, has questioned why something is done. Perhaps the procedure misuses time, is painful for the patient, or is unnecessarily unsafe for the nurse. Is this process or procedure utilized because of an outdated method or is it proven to be the best practice? Thus, every nurse, and especially nurse leaders, have the unique ability to question, research, and discover enhanced nursing processes that can improve patient and nurse outcomes alike. The purpose of this discussion board is to discuss evidence-based practice in depth, including the nurse leader’s role, strategies for implementation, forces behind change, how organizational infrastructure and culture help or hinder implementations, and finally, describe the process
In the article, “Sometimes Pain Is a Puzzle That Can’t Be Solved”, Abigail Zuger, the author, describes her own experiences with pain along with some examples and generalizations about the feeling. She claims that she is “ruled by (her) elbow” and “it is (her) constant companion, whimpering, and tugging at (her) sleeve.” She goes on to say that many people have the same problems, especially when drugs, “like naproxen and ibuprofen” are unhelpful and “might as well be cornflakes.” Finally, she explains how far we have advanced in the medical field, but “ none of (the) knowledge has translated into new treatments,” to help people such as herself.
Communicating with other medical staff members is very important, but recognizing pain in a patient is of more importance. Early identification of pain in a post-surgical patient is important in overall pain management. Some patients prefer not to take pain medication because they fear addiction or may have a history of substance abuse. Educating the patients on their right to be free of pain and having their pain managed aggressively is a priority in the recovery phase.
Throughout this course and semester, I have learned a lot about pain. Specifically, this course has enhanced my knowledge of the functional role and mechanisms of pain, the psychological aspect of pain and the pain management modalities and their effectiveness in managing pain. This course was taught effectively in a sense that it included a variety of ways to express the information and data to the students. One of the learning outcomes that I believe that was definitely met was being able to explain the pathophysiology of acute and chronic pain states. One of the learning out comes that I believe that was least met was being able to discuss the mechanisms of action of various pain management modalities and their efficacy in managing pain,
Patients evaluated in acute pain will often have narcotics withheld until after the patient has been evaluated by a surgeon and has given informed consent. Concern that the patient would have impaired judgment due to narcotic effects often prevents the administration of timely pain relief. Similarly administration of anxiolytics and benzodiazepines are avoided until the patient has consented to the procedure.
Nurse’s role has a unique contribution in the interprofessional team. The interprofessional team are group of individuals in a various healthcare disciplines communicating and working together towards common goals to provide quality, individualized care for patients. Each team members from different profession and occupation collaborates, supports, enhances, and provides knowledge, skills, and attitudes to coordinate processes and interventions. Nurse’s offers specialized service to society to meet the health care needs of their clients.
Nurses are critical for promoting health in the society. The profession is highly flexible, since they specialize in diverse operations in the medical field. Registered nurses, for instance, are responsible for the administration of medicine and inoculations to patients (American Nurses ' Association, 2000). Additionally, these professionals observe, record, and enlighten doctors of any changes in a patient’s health. Nurses interpret and evaluate diagnostic examinations to determine an individual’s condition, as well as making the necessary adjustments in patient treatment plans on their health progress. In collaboration with other medical personnel, nurses engage in the development and enactment of patient care plans. Furthermore, they provide education to families and groups on various health issues such as disease prevention, among others.
Since the addition of Crossing the Quality Chasm six aims of quality patient care was created by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there has been a significant change in the effectiveness and condition of patient care. Before this report came out in 2001, health care providers did not realize that they were not providing proper care to patients in addition to disorganization and complexity of standards of care. The IOM was able to determine that, “failure of system processes, poor communication, and unhealthy work environments contribute to medical errors, ineffective delivery of care, and stress among health professionals” (Winterbottom 2012). It is essential for patients to feel
Pain management for postoperative patients are a major problem that may cause prolonged treatment and rehabilitation costs, however, with the proper nursing strategy, it can be managed. In order to manage the pain, the knowledge of the causing event and the symptoms are necessary for the healthcare professionals. The assessment and measurement of pain in postoperative patients through their response can assist in increasing awareness regarding the specific causes of pain. The present study
The interchange of emotions and feelings within one’s self is a particularly hard thing to measure. Pain is a combatant of positive and negative change. Pain is one of the most prevalent causes of human change, and is a provoker of human deterioration. Pain has always been a major factor in healthcare. In this crosspost, the author will elaborate on the original threaded discussion by Ellerbee Mburu, Vail, and Barlow and add additional information on pain assessment and management.
There are two major categories of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is pronounced and has a short duration. This type of pain is the body 's way of telling you there is something wrong. Acute pain is a sign that you may need to seek medical treatment. Of course, this type of pain may also be the result of treatment. Acute pain is what you feel after a surgery, after visiting the dentist, and so forth. It is normally treated with a short-term regimen of medications.
During this process it will be prudent to emphasize the important role continued professional development will play in the future of pain management. The revamping of standards is in line with other professions who are mandating increased performance evaluation of their health care professionals. In addressing the new standards for recertification of physician assistant’s the National Commission On Certification Of Physician Assistants (2014) state “These new requirements transition life-long learning from episodic learning to more of a continuous professional development approach where PA’s can seek and apply knowledge relevant to their practice. This will lead to improved patient care” (p. 1). Unlike the NBCRNA CPC process the American Academy
Providing care to a patient is a particularly challenging process that requires a great deal of effort from a nurse. A nurse’s ability to give quality care to their patient is an important aspect to a patient’s life both now and in the future. As such, nurses must exhibit specific qualities in their practice in order to maintain the best standard of care for their patients. Given this, I believe that the standards of knowledge, advocacy, and self-awareness are foundational to the nursing practice and to a nurse’s capacity to provide quality patient care.
The majority of patients receiving palliative care have some level of moderate to severe pain that needs to be addressed in order for comfort to be achieved. Pain causes distress and anxiety for patients, family members and other caregivers, making it a vital aspect of care. In order for health care professionals to offer comprehensive pain relief, they must accurately assess a patient’s pain, provide pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic measures to combat pain, educate patients on any medication concerns, and perform a self-assessment regarding their own pain-related beliefs. It is through these actions that nurses will bring their patients reprieve from immense discomfort and pain, help to ease anxiety and fear, help to bring about acceptance of the disease process, and promote the ideal nurse patient