Ethics Violation The American Nurses Association talks of nurse advocacy in the code of ethics as important in providing quality care for patients. In the code of ethics, provision 3 of the code of ethics states, a nurse should promote, protect and advocate for the health, rights, and safety of the patient. In the scenario, the provision 3 of the ANA code of ethics is violated as the effort to advocate for the patient is blocked and thus leaving the patient suffering in the hands of the physicians (American Nurses Association, 2005). Nurses play a vital role when it comes to the care of patients which include advocating for the patients since they have the closer relationship with their patients and tend to understand the needs and cases
Professional and ethical accountability is an essential factor in the nursing profession and patient safety. As proposed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics requires that individual nurses take responsibility to one action to others (patients and family members, our profession, coworkers, workplace, and to oneself (Batti, & Steelman, 2014). Therefore, According to McCormick, (201) accountability is the basis in building trust, reducing fear, and enhancing morale and performant. Accountability depends on both effective communication skills and clinical expertise. It helps nurses to recognize breach in care that can adversely affect patient health outcome and be able to correct them on time.
Medication errors are a major preventable health issue in hospitals, extended care facilities, and home health agencies. Errors in medication administration can contribute to allergic reactions, hospital acquired disease or disability, and possibly even death. As part of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative, there are several competency areas for nurses to focus on to better patient care. In regards to medication errors, informatics and teamwork are essential practices to ensure medication is given with the utmost regard for the eventual health of the individual receiving the treatment. Teamwork and informatics are linked for the purpose of avoiding medication errors because medications are prescribed by doctors, administered
The nurse should be aware of the patient’s medical history and know their patient well. Patient safety is very important. “Nursing management of older adults with any form of dementia always considers the safety and physical & psychosocial needs of the older adult and family” (Potter & Perry, 2012). Quality Improvement Interventions
Nursing Delegation for the RN Delegation is considered to be among the most involved nursing skills which require a nurse to apply knowledgeable clinical judgment and accountability during patient care. RNs have an obligation to finding what is needed for patients and families and then using the appropriate delegation to staff to help carry out the plan. This helps maximize on achieving the most desired outcomes and also maximize the use of available resources. The only way to help RNs maximize the available resources is through improving their delegation skills. If a nurse is to be delegated a task, it should be within their scope of nursing and also be tasks they are qualified to perform.
State-mandated nurse-to-patient ratios remains a controversial topic in healthcare. Sufficient nurse staffing is key to ensure adequate patient care, while scarce staffing effects patients’ safety and puts nurses at risk for burnout. Determining nurse-to-patient ratios in nursing facilities remains a challenge for the nursing profession. There are many factors to consider when determining staffing methods, such as cost, nurses’ satisfaction, patient outcomes and safety. Mandating ratios is one attempt at ensuring nurses’ workloads do not exceed what is needed for adequate patient care and safety.
Nursing is a profession which requires frequent dealing with ethical issues. So, nurses have been facing ethical dilemmas in their practice. In the process of doing good and promoting health of the patient, the issue of paternalism is evident in nursing. Paternalism in health care means violating the patient’s right to make the decision to do good or to do no harm to the patient (Burkhardt, Nathaniel, Walton, 2014a, p. 56).
Using Virginia Henderson’s idea about nursing and how they treat a patient, I believe that each person has basic needs that need to be assessed and met in order to recover. However, unlike Henderson’s theory my philosophy on nursing uses more than just the idea that a patient has basic needs. My philosophy continues and explains that a nurse should use the idea of holistic nursing care when caring for a patient and the nurse should connect a patient's care with the four metaparadigms: person, environment, health, and
When I picture myself with patients, I see the fear, uncertainty, confusion in their face as I carry on their cares. Stepping in to help patients reach their health goal is very important as far as health care is concern. Zomorodi and Foley (2009) define “the role of the advocating nurse as informing and
Throughout the past couple decades there has been an extreme growth in the amount of technology and advancements in medicine. Alongside advancement in the medical field, social media and communication outlets such as Facebook and Twitter have gained popularity in unison. Social media and information outlets have proven through the extreme use by the general population to be a helpful and beneficial outlet for many patients and others alike. Information available online has provided a channel for potential patients to view and receive knowledge without the anxiety of meeting with a physician or medical professional. Information gateways are not always satisfactory though, and in fact have acquired quite the negative connotation throughout the
A healthcare system should include an interprofessional team that works well together. If everyone in the interprofessional team is not cooperative or passionate about building the group, this may impact a patient’s outcome. The goal of an interprofessional team within a healthcare system is to provide the finest quality of care for their patients. If one or multiple cannot put the effort to work with others, the intended result may be corrupt. It is vital for healthcare interprofessional teams to function as a whole to provide the greatest result.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. This is something that I have an abundance of, which is why nursing is the career field I will be entering. In general, nurses provide care to sick individuals. Nursing is a tough profession; however, between the working conditions, education required, and salary, nursing is well worth the time and money.
SAFETY IN THE NURSING PROFESSION It is the belief of many medical professionals that proper safety protocols in the medical environment is paramount. There is nothing more important in a hospital setting than overall safety. This goes for both patient safety as well as the safety of the hospital staff. Both patient and staff have their own precautions that must be taken and steps that must be followed to ensure there are no mishaps.