Improving High Quality Nursing Care

1285 Words May 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Nursing is a high pressured and ever changing environment in hospitals and aged care which can lead to communication breakdowns and other errors. While on placement, I witnessed one of these errors which happened to be a medication error. This could have been as a result of miscommunication between nurses and not following the guidelines for identifying a patient by using the ten rights. To ensure high quality nursing care is provided, communication between fellow healthcare workers should at all times remain professional. Failure to communicate effectively will subsequently affect the safety of the patient due to misinterpretation of information, lack of critical information, unclear orders and overlooked changed in the status of the patient. In this report, I will analyse the communication event I was personally involved in with one of the residents, communication barriers confronted between the registered nurses and how to resolve the reoccurrence of such errors.
When administering medications, it is vital to follow the correct procedures which have been put in place to avoid errors occurring. This comprises of following the ten rights for medication administration, effective communication between the patient and the nurse and correct documentation as required by the legal status (Boyd 2013, p.15). Moreover, This includes following the national competency standards for the registered nurse, specifically the professional practice domain which relates to demonstrating…
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