What a blessing it is to have the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providing multiple healthcare services to our heroes, our veterans! To be afforded the opportunity for our heroes to attend and be treated, at little to no cost, for a wide range of ailments from the common cold, to a mental health disability, or for the possibility of a healing surgery is a well-deserved and a wonderful privilege. One of the major demographics of care providers within the VHA is the registered nurse. There are over 51,000 registered nurses nationwide, with 60.7% of the total population of providers of healthcare, within the VA hospitals, VA outpatient clinics and VA Patient Care Medical Homes (VHA, Office of Nursing Services, 2012).
The nurse can use family systems theory and assess Susie's and Mrs. Jones. Assess what is the particular living situation of Susie’s family and what influence Mrs. Jones would have if she were to move in. Particular values from each individual would be assessed and addressed as well as any cultural needs. Family developmental theory involves the individual's growth of responsibilities during family development. Each member in the house will have different roles & responsibilities, now the Mrs. Jones is moving in and it will affect Susie the most because she is now responsible for her mother as a primary care giver.
Barbara Carper (1978) identified patterns of knowing that are valuable to the practice of nursing and development of nursing knowledge. In her dissertation, Carper describes four fundamental ways of knowing that drive nursing care and interaction. These four fundamentals were labeled as empirical, esthetic, personal, and ethical. To understand how these ways of knowing apply to modern nursing knowledge, we will further analyze the definition of each way of knowing.
Nursing judgment refers to a clinical assessment concerning person’s response to health situations or how vulnerable the response is to individuals, household, clusters or the entire community. Clinical judgment consists of two main sections, descriptor, and attention on examination inclusive critical aspects of examinations. In some cases, exceptions are made on judgment and given in one term like anxiety, pain, and dehydration. Clinical officers should not concentrate most on diagnoses from focused challenge but to risks realized (North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, 2005).
The metaparadigm of nursing illustrates the collective worldview of the shared concepts of the discipline, which are: the person, environment, health and nursing (1). The nursing metaparadigm is the framework for many nursing theories, values, and theoretical models, which help guide an advanced practice nurse in selecting appropriate interventions established by their chosen conceptual model. A conceptual model or advanced practice nursing theory provides an advanced practice nurse a logical structural model to follow, which is aligned with the discipline’s expectations. Advanced education prepares advanced practice nurses to employ a superior degree of clinical, research based and theoretical knowledge (2). As a nurse practitioner student,
Dorothea Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory (SCDNT) has been a part of nursing theory since publication in 1971 (Fawcett & Desanto-Madeya, 2012). During this time, it has been used as a framework for many research projects and nursing school curriculum and as a guide to nursing practice (Fawcett & Desanto-Madeya, 2012).
The American Nurses Association estimates that up to 80% of serious medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers when patients are transferred or handed off during shift report (ANA 2012). In the nursing profession change of shifts require the successful transfer of information from nurse to nurse to prevent medical errors and adverse events (Sullivan, 2010). Research shows that when patients are included and engaged in their health care there is greater potential to lead to measurable improvements in safety and quality of care. The purpose of this paper is to report results of an organized review of the literature which studied bedside reporting in the hospital
The term six research theory course, NURS 495, emphasized the importance of nurse leadership and how nurses can influence positive changes in health care delivery to patients with chronic illness. It also explored the contradictions that exist in nursing practice and encouraged the students to develop a critical and pragmatic approach to client care. The co-requisite clinical course, NURS 499, integrated nursing theory and current best practice on an acute care nursing unit at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. In this consolidated learning analysis, I will explore a nursing practice event that will illustrate the major issues surrounding the treatment of competing mental health comorbidities in a patient with hoarding behaviors. I will also
In the clinical setting, the nurses’ expertise can be used to make clinical assessments and recommendations for routine care at a lower cost than a physician visit. This would increase the number of patients seen and increase the quality of the care provided. The advance practice nurse would be able to hone in on preventative measures and increase patient education. The advance practice nurse can also make recommendations about practice changes needed to facilitate better health outcomes through the use of evidence-based practice. Nursing leaders are aware of how important nursing science is to provide needed evidence to transform practice, even though, finding the time and resources to support any research activity is often challenging (Stone, 2017). As there continues to be an initiative to improve quality healthcare while simultaneously reducing costs, the importance of the nurse with advanced education in transforming healthcare delivery and healthcare policy will continue to grow. Opportunities for nurse managed health clinics, quality nursing research to improve evidence based practice, leadership of multidisciplinary health management teams and change agents in health policy and improved patient outcomes make the nurse with advanced education the “escape fire” in health care now and in the
Next, by implementing the VAP bundle, it did help to prevent further decline. All aspects of the bundle should be continued; the Heparin, sequential compression devices, oral care, Pepcid, and all other bundle activities. Having the head of the bed up was essential to prevent VAP, but it did end up making her body move to the foot of the bed. Pillows were used to help keep her further up and off the side of the bed. The wedges might have been more efficient to place under the bottom of the patient, to help double as pressure relief and to keep her up in the bed. She was previously diagnosed with pneumonia, so it was not associated with ventilation and she was being treated for this with Vancomycin and Piperacillin-tazobactam,
This paper includes a discussion and analysis of nursing sensitive indicators (NSI) and system specific resources. Identification of indicators and interventions could improve the care that was received by Mr. J., a 72 year old retired rabbi with mild dementia that was admitted for a fractured right hip after falling at home. In the course of his stay and treatment there were a few indicators of issues/problems regarding the care he received during his stay. These issues/problems might affected his healthcare outcome, safety and satisfaction with his stay at the
Nurses play an essential role in the healthcare industry. The nurse workforce is made up of licensed nurses: registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), along with nurse aides. Registered nurses are responsible for assessments of patients’ needs, development of care plans, medication administration, and treatments, while licensed vocational nurses perform specific care under the delegation of the registered nurses and supervisions. Nursing aides perform activities of daily living (unskilled attention) to the patient. Adequate nursing staffing is essential to both patient care and outcomes, also to the retention of nurses while inadequate staffing creates problems for both the patients and
Nursing assessment has a significant role in providing effective, accurate and safe nursing care in clinical practice. Nursing assessment is the first stage of the Nursing Process. It is used to explore the physical, psychological, spiritual and social aspect of the patient’s life. It is therefore a holistic and systematic guide for nurses to obtain a greater understanding of their patient’s wants and needs. It is the underlying foundation of the process, on which other phases of the process are based upon (Foster & Hawkins, 2005).
Dorothea Orem was an extravagant nursing theorist whose theories were first published in 1971 (Dorothea Orem 's Self-Care Theory, 2014). Orem established several fascinating theories of nursing which are still are current in today’s nursing. Orem proposed three nursing theories that are identified as: self-care theory, theory of Self-care deficit and theory of nursing system (Dorothea Orem 's Self-Care Theory, 2014). Orem’s nursing theories are defined as a grand theory (Nursing Theories: An Overview, 2014). Grand theory is defined as an abstract outline under which the key conceptions and values of the discipline can be acknowledged (Nursing Theories: An Overview, 2014). Orem’s theories mainly proposed that
Nocturnal enuresis "Bed wetting" is the involuntary loss of urine that occurs only at night. It is normal voiding that