When working within the care sector it is vital that services provide a reasonable quality of care to the individuals who require support, and to ensure that this is the case services have various policies, procedures, individuals and staff teams that must collaborate together in order produce a high quality of care and maintain it with the ability to evidence as to exactly how this is established and to whom is accountable.
The state of Tennessee has protections in place for those who are in good faith, attempting to provide emergency assistance. Tennessee’s Good Samaritan Law protects any person who provides emergency rescue or first aid from liability if they meet these certain conditions:
A serious case review is actioned when a child suffers as result of neglect. Organisations will conduct reviews to ensure lessons are learned and that we learn from the case to make improvements and put measures into place to prevent a repeat occurring. Cases will be reviewed when a death incurs, a child is subject to serous sexual abuse, suicide takes place, abuse as result of inter agency placements or a life threatening injury is received to a child. Lessons from these reviews must be clearly identified and acted upon to see change. Inter agencies should improve their practices towards safeguarding children and the findings published so that lessons can be learned. Serious case reviews from previous cases have highlighted issues such as
Many people are supported in their homes by people who work along side the health and social care service such as social workers,nursers ,doctor and care givers or they may get support from their family members and friends. An elderly person may choose to stay in their own homes instead of a residential care home while seeking help and support from others,however this can lead to potential opportunities for abuse happening to the person who Is being looked after. When an individual is getting support at home by a carer, the individual being cared for is vulnerable and defenseless and therefor this makes them a target for abuse,another example is abuse by strangers,when an elderly person lives alone they are at risk of people calling at the door and then gaining access to their homes,they may steal items from them or mistreat them or cause intimidation.
At Adult Protective Services majority of our work involves investigation of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. At Adult Protective Services our job is to protect the vulnerable elderly population, as well as the population that have disabilities. “Only APS is statutorily authorized and responsible for investigating elder and vulnerable adult abuse and taking steps to protect the victims, and it is generally only APS that helps the most frail and incapacitated older persons”(Quin, 2012, p.68). When abuse is suspected, a case worker will reach out to all parties involved, such as the alleged victim, alleged perpetrator, and all collaterals. Unlike many other professions, case worker are not required to have any written consent to speak with
The tem ethics refers to the moral principles that guide a person’s behavior, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of their actions. In the field of nursing, these moral principles govern the relationship between the nurse and the patient, members of the healthcare team, and society at large. Nurses must constantly question whether a certain procedure or course of treatment is in the best interest of the patient. When viewing the film “Miss Evers’ Boys”, it was clear that the doctors, researchers, and even Miss Evers were not acting in the best interest of all the patients. This movie depicted true events of a study that took place in Macon County, Alabama, in 1932. This study was referred to as the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis
Showing professionalism in your choice of field or any field is more than showing up on time or dressing the part. Webster dictionary defines professionalism as “conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.” As a nurse, professionalism is a vital quality that is required to present at any workplace. To me, professionalism means having to demonstrate a professional, respectful attitude to your surroundings such as fellow coworkers, patients, and facility that you are in. It means dressing appropriately according to your profession and arriving in a timely manner before your shift begins; as well as leaving after your shift has ended, not early. Professionalism means not gossiping in the workplace
Florence Nightingale has impacted my nursing practice. She came into a hospital setting that had low standards and the environment had caused more problems for the patients than the war. She made efforts to clean up the facilities. She kept records of the changes and was able to show that a more aseptic environment was crucial to the healing process. This is something that I use in my daily tasks as a nurse. I wash my hands regularly, keep my patient’s rooms clean and organized and make sure that my patients have baths daily to prevent infections.
Moreover, several studies have been conducted to examine the effects of low nurse staffing on patients hospitalization experiences, as well as its effect on nurse careers in the long run. A recent study by Frith, Anderson, Tseng, and Fong (2012) to explore the relationship between nurse staffing and medication errors, demonstrated that medication errors were higher in a cardiac care unit and non-cardiac care unit when staffing levels were lower. In addition, Frith et al. (2012) pointed out that medication errors increase by 18% for every 20% decrease in nurse staffing below the average due to failure to follow medication administration protocol As mentioned earlier, nurses perform the last and the most important step of medication administration. Thus, having adequate time to assess each patient efficiently and following the medication rights is critical to provide safe patient care and prevent errors.
Being a nurse is not always as easy and picture perfect as people paint it to be. A nurse is expected to act perfectly professional, even when tears, anger and all-around emotions are begging to come out. A nurse must always be the one that has their life together, especially when others do not. They are there to be the ones to hold and care for others in desperate times of need. Nurses are expected to be more than just a nurse, but rather an advocate, caregiver, support system and professional. There are 5 professional values that are associated with the description of a nurse.
A number of families, where CPS workers intervened several times, were subject to child maltreatment and/or neglect, which eventually caused something fatal and/or tragic to occur in either their biological and/or foster care home (Arizona Republic, 2008; The Associated Press, 2015; Bauer, 2012). If CPS workers “[lose] track of [these families]” (Roberts, 2008), which were reported to be an unsafe environment for a child, the child could potentially endure something fatal, such as his/her “remains [washing] up on the… shoreline” (The Associated Press, 2015), being “punched in the face until [he/she passes] out” (Roberts, 2008), being a victim of shaken-baby syndrome, “in which shaking an infant or young child inflicts brain and neck injuries” (Berk, 2012), being “starved, suffocated, burned”(The Denver Post, 2013), etc. If CPS workers miss crucial signs of neglect and/or maltreatment, by performing “drive-by social work” (The Associated Press, 2015), it can lead to tragedies and fatalities amongst children. For example, in New York City it is “the [city’s]…duty to protect [a child] when a Family Court judge [orders] caseworkers to visit [him/her] every two weeks and monitor [their parents-rearing]” (McKinley Jr., 2014); therefore, protecting the child from unsafe environments becomes the job of the city and/or state, which is the employer of
One ethical obligation nurses are required to fulfil during their shift is to ensure no harm is done to their patient. Due to nursing shortages and too many patient’s, nurses are finding this hard to do. Ethics help nurses make the right decisions with the guidance of their morals, but due to shortages and overworked nurses they tend to feel dissatisfied with their jobs. This results from unsafe work environments, lack of time for communication and quality care of patients. “Understaffing and overtime hours have been associated with increases in patient mortality, hospital-acquired infections, shock, and bloodstream infections” (Kane et al., 2007b). Ethical conflicts are work can lead to physical and mental burnout for nurses. According to the Nurse Code of Ethics nurses are morally obligated to
3.1 “Use a case study from a health or social care setting to identify the extent to which individuals are at risk of harm”.
A number of kids in care are kept safe from harm, although a small percentage are still at risk of neglect or abuse. Children enter care for a variety of reasons, but most enter because they have been neglected or abused. These past experiences can leave the children with mental health and emotional needs, which can leave them more vulnerable to further abuse. Many of these children also move between placements and are in and out of care. This can stop them forming relationships with adults who could protect them.
(rationality) to determine what processes and systems should be put into place to assure fairness and justice for all in the community (equality). Relationships lens means Fair Systems. For example, what relationships are important? what is a just system? And have I given everyone an equal opportunity to succeed? With respect to this reference, my personal code of ethics, the relationship between nurse and patient is important. Because it is responsible to the safety of the patient, it is a nurse after all. In order to play an important role to the safety of the patient, nurses to