In a profession where others' health and well-being are priority, there leaves room for neglect of those who are delegated to care for these people. As a professional nurse, there are many obstacles that arise and affect the care provided to a patient, as well as the livelihood of the nurse. The current deteriorating and unsafe staffing conditions in hospitals and other institutions prompts workplace advocacy as the universally appropriate concept for maintaining professional nursing practice. Common
As part of my clinical experience at St. Joseph unit, I had an opportunity to work with my classmate, Kingly and Dat. Dat was a very kind and efficient nursing assistant and I felt fortunate to have had the chance to work with and learn from him. Our day together seemed as though it was typical for the residence. The first resident was Ms. Nancy; she is in room no. 220A. My duty gave her breakfast and feed her in morning. Upon waking Ms. Nancy I respected her privacy by always knocking before I entered the room and asking permission to enter. I have introduced myself and followed standard precaution by washing my hands before start any procedures. I tried to talk to her while I was feeding her. I tried to wake her up before the breakfast is over. She only ate 35% of her meal. Then, Dat showed me how to use a full sling mechanical lift to move Ms. Nancy to shower chair and show me how to use shower chair while showering Ms. Nancy. After finishing
There are many professions in healthcare sector. There are doctors, nurses, speech therapists, interpreter, receptionists, care assistants, dietitian, line managers, chiropodist and managers. All these teams work together to meet the required needs of the service users in collaboration with each other. They also have their different roles to play in the multidisciplinary (MDT). I work as Care Assistant in care home. My duties are to get the service users up and ready for breakfast, make their beds, take those who need to see the doctor, speech therapist and others. Each of these professionals have their roles to play to ensure the smooth running of the care home. The families also play vital role in helping to settle any fear the service users have with their care plans.Staff should empower service users. The rights of care workers and service users is always there which has cause a dilemma in a care settings. Care workers should be supported when dilemmas raise their ugly heads. We should all work to together to accomplish a common
During my clinical rotation during my last semester of nursing school, I was able to work one on one with a BSN degree nurse named Judy in the ICU. Judy had three years of experience in the ICU setting. She had been a medical surgical nurse prior to her ICU transfer. The ICU at this hospital consisted of two associate degree level nurses and two BSN level nurses on my shift. I rotated three days in this particular ICU. I worked with Judy all three days of my rotation. I was excited about being placed with her for she seemed knowledgeable and skilled. We were given a male post trauma patient to work with all three days. This patient was a 30 year old male admitted for trauma related injuries and was considered unstable and was to be monitored in ICU. This patient had been involved in a motor vehicle accident and
Janice is responsible for the staffing of her unit (Palliative/Hospice) which has been named “The Light House” with 70 staff members working various shifts. As a manager of any unit within the Veterans Affairs Medical center, managers are expected to attend or review meetings minutes; meetings like the Nursing Council and Nurse Manager’s meetings as well as others committees. Managers are to hold staff meetings and communicate the minutes to all staff via email, or written form. Managers make sure all changes in policies, documentation, and other situations are reported to staff members. Managers are accountable for compliance of all regulatory standards, such as OSHA, CARF, and JC standards. Managers are to have an approved staffing plan, review expenditures affecting its cost, such as overtime, leave, and compensation time. Complete quarterly report/data, staffing effectiveness analysis reports, staffing updates, and FMLA information. As a manager, communication, performance improvement, staffing/recruitment, time and leave, safety/environment of care, controlled substances, adverse events/patient complaints, employee accidents/injuries, employee performance, performance appraisals and proficiencies, and staff development are all part of her duties.
The NMC (2015) Code of Professional Conduct states that the nurse should "...act at all times in such to safeguard and promote the interests of individual patients and clients". The action of AMU nurse did not comply with this clause while caring for Ms Lisa. It was the ignorance and placed Ms Lisa in a position that was about to cost her Life. Therefore this attitude can not be acceptable.
Nursing is one of the most intimate health care professions. They are connected to their patients as soon as they are admitted into their care right through until they are discharged into someone else’s care. With this, nurses have a strict professional identity and scope of practice to prevent a nurse from over stepping their professional boundaries. A nurses’ duty of care does go beyond the average healthcare professional but still does not impair the
The first port of call if I am unsure about what to do and I am exercising my duty of care is to consult my Manager; they should be able to advise me about the best approaches to take. I could also contact the clients GP or the District Nurse for their advise. Trade Unions might be an option if I feel I am not getting the answers I need to help resolve the situation.
Ratched the head nurse on the ward whose job requires her to be in control.
During my clinical competency placement, I was working on a surgical ward when a registered nurse on duty asked me to assist Mr. A with his shower. This incident happened on the fifth day of my clinical practice. He was a dementia patient and had undergone right knee total joint replacement. She also informed me that the patient did not like too many people in his room because of his dementia. When I went into his room, his wife was there with him. I talked to the patient about having a shower and getting dressed to look smart and he agreed to have a shower. The patient got out of the bed and walked to the bathroom and sat on the shower chair to have his shower. Then I asked his wife if I needs to stay with him to assist with shower, she said she can help him as she was taking care for him at home since he has been diagnosed with dementia. Therefore, I left the patient with his wife to help with his shower and told her to ring the bell if she needs any help. After some time I left the room, the wife rang the bell. As soon as I entered the room, I heard him shouting at his wife and she started crying and left the hospital. So I had to stay with him. He was very capable of washing himself and I just had to help him wash his back as he requested. After he had washed, I asked him if he was ready to get out of the bath, he started shouting at me.
I had my first two night shift this week on Sunday 9/13 and Wednesday 9/16. I am on 7 West at Sharp Memorial Hospital and the unit is PCU unit with tele monitoring. The unit had a high census this week, but proper staffing and no codes lead to the nights being relatively calm. I was working with Laura who is not my regular preceptor. She stepped in to work with me for this week while Elle, my regular preceptor, was on vacation. I had a wide variety of patients on my two shifts. The first shift I had a patient that was suffering from an exacerbation of COPD with a history of CHF and a patient that had polycystic kidney disease, which had progressed to end stage renal failure. The second shift I had four patients; one patient had been admitted to the hospital multiple times in the past month for GI bleeds, another patient with a history of diabetes and hypertension was admitted for fever and chills and was later diagnosed with sepsis, the next patient had a history of schizophrenia and was found on the ground in her home and was expected to have been there for over 24 hours resulting in deep tissue injury, and my final patient was suspected to have a history of alcoholism and presented to the hospital with shortness of breath and an oxygen saturation of 89%. The first clinical shift I was shadowing my nurse for a majority of the shift. I was being orientated to the unit and learning where to find supplies on the unit. The second shift I took a
When a family member is interfering with a crisis the nurse can ask them politely to leave and try not to escalate the situation. If the family member does not listen then security will have to be called and the family member will have to be removed.
The simulation exercise presented a complex situation when Charge Nurse Janice didn’t have enough nurses in her unit and the VP of Support Services called and her about the scheduled meeting. At the start of the shift, she responded unprofessionally to the situation by giving directions to the staff while on a personal call and reacting negatively to any patient update provided by the staff. Janice also created a bad impression to Elise, the new nurse, when she asked about her assignment. Janice addressed the patients’ names with the procedures they had. Knowing that there was a situational problem, Janice should have communicated properly and emphasized to the staff about teamwork to facilitate the workflow in the unit. Elise is new and inexperienced, but Janice could have utilized her help with basic tasks as long as she had been directed and coached properly.
About 2:30 in the afternoon, M.E. was in her patient’s room and J.P. confronted her in front of the respiratory staff and students that were present about why she was/wasn’t doing certain things and what was making her so slow; J.P. caught M.E. off guard and was very abrasive, belittling and verbally abusive; M.E. felt attacked and embarrassed, especially since this behavior took place in front of colleagues. J.P. felt frustrated that M.E. was not more competent and efficient in her care and confronted her about it. After the confrontation, there were no words spoken between the two of them for days and even though months have passed, there is still an obvious tension and unresolved conflict between these two individuals. There is currently a noticeable effort being put forth by both women but the conflict they experienced is not yet fixed.
The nursing home directors and nurse supervisors should be a telling leader. A telling leader is defines the roles and tasks for each staff, and then supervises them very closely. This is particularly true for inexperienced or first-time employees who need to be closely supervised by an experienced leader. This leadership style is particularly effective for staffs that lack the competence but committed to achieving their roles. From the communication, they can identify any usual signs of work stress of employees, the factor that employees want to resign, and the suggestions for organization improvement provided by the employee. For instance, if someone complaints about the problem in the work job, don’t ignore the complaints, but investigate the situation and try to solve the problems. To decrease the number of injuries to staff and incidents of patient, they have to establishing healthy work environments. It is challenging to create a healthy work environment for employees while supporting a healing environment for patients. They can help by identifying core issues that causing the incidents and providing