Medication Errors in Healthcare The nursing profession entails many responsibilities that range from providing emotional support to administering medications that could result in death for those receiving care. Approximately 40% of a nurse's day consists of passing medication, a duty that sets their level of liability above many other healthcare professions (McCuistion, Vuljoin-DiMaggio, Winton, Yeager, & Kee, 2018). Despite today's advances in technology and nursing education, the frequency of medication errors is still staggering. To ensure that the benefits of nursing outweigh the risks, nurses look to the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) six core competencies for guidance. These competencies include quality improvement, safety, informatics, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, and patient-centered care (Cronenwett et al., 2007).
Introduction People hope and seeks long and healthier lives. Thus, health care is the act of taking preventative or necessary medical procedures to improve people well-being. Improvement or preventative may be done with surgery, the administering of medicine, or other alterations in a person 's lifestyle. These services are usually offered through a health care system made up of hospitals and physicians. Although, the health care system is set up to reduce or to prevent disease etc., there is a gap or disparity in the US health care system.
Ethical Healthcare Issue Paper The primary purpose of this paper is to show how important health care laws, regulations and policies throughout the years have impacted health care. Identify Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) According to "Business Dictionary.com" (2015), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), has “Provided protection for patients from medical personnel decisions to disclose medical and financial information to third parties.” This act was designed to regulate patient identity theft and insurance fraud.” Influence With the passing of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, Congress addressed many issues pertaining to health care coverage, security, fraud and privacy
Nowadays, healthcare industry widely applies health information technologies (IT) in clinical care to cut back method inefficiencies, control growth of costs and improve the quality of care (1). Therefore, different computerized systems, softwares, and websites are designed for clinical decision-making aids, production of new knowledge, enhancing public health information, and raising the standard of health care. Although, health IT can promote the capability of diagnosis, treatments and have other potential benefits, additionally increases the healthcare complexity (2). This complexity will affect patient safety and quality by increasing the risk of human error (3, 4), and in some cases it may track through design features (2, 5). The
Healthcare has always been a hot topic in the United States. Most of the discussions involving healthcare are concerned with the costs of and how it should be used. A solution that people have come up with to fix this issue is by placing the use of age-based rationing in the healthcare system. The Medical Dictionary definition of age-based rationing is, “A proposed form of rationing publicly-funded health care services, in which limits would be placed on the type and amount of such services that would be freely available to persons above a certain age” (“Age-based rationing.” McGraw-Hill…). The idea of reducing the amount of healthcare older people receive started in the 1980’s (“Old-Age-Based…”).
Family theories have been used throughout the history of nursing to help guide patient care and provide the best patient outcomes. Certain theories may be more applicable to the specific patient encounter; however, each theory has benefits and drawbacks to their use. The purpose of this paper is to examine two selected theories, comparing their strengths and weaknesses. I will also discuss a theoretical family in relation to one theory, and how that theory can be best integrated into the care provided by an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN). Description of Theories The Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM) focuses on the theory that one patient’s illness affects the entire family.
Healthcare and business settings are different in terms of goals and system contexts. Healthcare organizations’ goals includes provide quality, value priced, safe health care services and ultimately, improve health outcomes. In addition to this primary goal, healthcare organizations also seek financial stability, community value, ethics and employee engagement. In this context, leaders are asked to efficiently use the available resources to optimize the managerial approaches to direct their teams towards more productive environment and positive interactions with patients. Healthcare setting-unlike business setting-is a more complicated system that consists of different professional teams and departments that usually don’t share the same objectives or planning strategies due to the diversity in the services provided.
Introduction The growing cultural changes in the United States provide opportunities and challenges in healthcare for providers, systems, and policy makers. There is a growing consensus amongst healthcare workers that it is necessary to produce and provide culturally competent services. Cultural competence is defined as “the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients” (Seeleman et al, 2015). A major topic of discussion amongst health professionals at industry conferences is the improvement of health outcomes and quality of care- specifically the contribution of culturally competent cares towards the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. More and more Plans to move the health care system towards the goal of cultural competence is being realized due to the health implications of being stagnant (Seeleman et al, 2015).
Health Care - The act of taking preventative or necessary medical procedures to improve a person 's well-being. This may be done with surgery, the administering of medicine, or other alterations in a person 's lifestyle. These services are typically offered through a health care system made up of hospitals and physicians. Purpose Health systems around the world are struggling to meet the needs of aging populations and increasing numbers of clients with complex health conditions. Faced with multiple health system challenges, governments are advocating for team-based approaches to health care.
However, there is still a long way to go before all individuals within the country will have equal access to mental health care. Looking at the research referenced above, it is clear that there are major discrepancies in access to mental health for individuals with low income, certain illnesses and conditions, minorities, and the unemployed. As mental health access and insurance continues to expand and progress, advocacy measures should be taken to ensure that the individuals mentioned above gain access to the care that they
Health disparities have been an issue all over the world. In the United States, individual and community activism have been seen in an attempt to address the health inequalities of the underrepresented groups tracing back to 1781 (Mitchell, 2015). With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the hope for social equality and justice through insurance for all remains complex. The legislation will certainly provide better health outcomes, but health advocacy remains an important aspect in changing the landscape of our health system. A study indicated that the overall rate of insurance coverage increased and a decreased in “coverage disparities related to race and ethnicity” was noted a few years after the ACA was passed (Buchmueller,
As a percentage of the gross domestic product, health spending has stabilized at approximately 17%. Third, if it is premature to draw conclusions about the cost effects of the ACA, it is doubly so for the quality effects of the law. The reductions in hospital-acquired conditions and Medicare readmissions since the enactment of the ACA are unprecedented and encouraging, but here again, the causes of these favorable trends are uncertain. It may be some time before we can assess the quality effects of this major new legislation. In conclusion, Health care access and insurance coverage are major factors that contributed to racial and ethnic disparities before the ACA implementation (Chen, Vargas-Bustamante, Mortensen, & Ortega, 2016).
Health Care Disparities Health care disparities are unfortunate and being culturally competent is an essential step toward eliminating these inequalities. In this discussion, I will review what disparities are associated with the Appalachian culture and how they affect health status, employment, and education. I will also identify two nursing interventions that could be taken to help decrease the affect that health disparities have on the Appalachians and review what the biggest challenge would be when implementing the interventions. There are about 27 million people that live in the area defined as the Appalachian region, which spans 13 states.
I like the idea of a health savings account that works like a retirement account which could in term help generate interest over time. This would be mandatory for jobs to place you on this plan which would mean more money out of your check. The rising costs of medical services is a big issue, because I don’t think there is enough completion for costs to remain low. Similar to what Wagner states in her article about the need to keep everything uniform, (2014), my plan would make all hospitals and doctor’s offices uniform in the services that they provide. For those that do not have access to work, will have to follow a program run by welfare offices, where they participant must attend a day program that educated them, in order to receive a stipend on a biweekly basis.
despite significant growth in the physician workforce and physician-to-population ratios (General Accounting Office, 2003). Maldistribution is influenced by personal, professional, organizational, economic, political and cultural factors. It is necessary to acknowledge the fact that even with certain communities experiencing challenging conditions such as high poverty rates and geographic isolation will continue to need federal and state assistance to attract physicians. We need to think differently and extend the reach of doctors to the community rather than spend their time on a lot of documentation, clerical activities, and tasks that can be handled by other allied health-care