Assignment 2

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Assignment 2
HSA 515
Marlo Alcala
July 19, 2011
Professor Forbes

Assignment Two
Scenario: You are the Chief Executive Officer at a small non-profit community hospital. In January the area was hit by a large snow storm while you were vacationing in the Bahamas. Many of the hospital staff who provided patient care called out from work on the 3-11 and 11-7 shifts. Despite efforts from the nurse managers to get relief staff, only one nurse agreed to come in. As a result, the patient units were understaffed and health care personnel on day shift were required to remain on their assigned unit until they were relieved from duty. During the course of this occurrence several patients sustained minor injuries from falls out of bed and one
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One ethical consideration is the staff that was called and did not attempt to make it into work according to our nurse manager’s statements. These employees will be counseled and reminded of the disaster relief policy. Another is in refusing to take responsibility for the death of the patient. If there was the proper amount of staff members on shift , the food allergy could have been discovered before improperly administering the wrong medication to the patient. Regardless of being short staffed it is the responsibility of the staff member to provide safety and that all medical questions are answered. A third is that lack of responsibility for the falls. Staff members are required and ensure the safety of all patients and rounds should have been in full force. I also believe that patients should have been moved a open area so that it is easier to be able to see all patients. Although the patients may be awake and oriented, they may be suffering from effects of illness or medication that increase the likelihood of falls and this should have been addressed with the assessment that staff is required to do on all patients.
Question 3
Identify and explain at least three professional considerations. One of the professional considerations would be the lack of concern from the nursing staff in regards to getting to work and help out their fellow co-workers. If the staff members would have showed up as required then there would have been

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