Taking A Leading Responsibility For A Forensic Care Setting

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An evaluation and discussion linked to taking a leading responsibility in managing a shift during a period of duty in a forensic care setting. Introduction This essay will explore my role as shift leader and coordinator in a forensic care setting during a shift at my last placement. It will evaluate actions taken during this span of duty, lesson learnt and my learning needs. Nurses now work in management and leadership roles in addition to their clinical roles to meet academic, economic and management challenges (Grossman & Valiga, 2012; Mannix et al., 2013). The role of a nurse in this modern day expands more than the usual clinical roles because nurses now take up management and leadership positions. In view of this, they are to have…show more content…
According to Smith (2015), collaborative working promotes shared interest, common vision, goal and commitment. On the other hand, if there is no collaboration it may lead to safeguarding issues and possibility death of service users (Collins & McCray, 2012). Lord Francis (Department of Health, 2013) reported that poor collaborative working at the Mid Staffordshire National Health Service leads to systemic failure consequently leading to poor care of the service users at the hospital. Lord Francis recommends that, the National Health Service should put service user care first. Taking handing overs and shift planning with the staff. As a shift leader it is important to arrive early for shift as this is part of professionalism and it is also important not to miss hand over because this might lead to missing of service users vital care information. Using verbal and hand over notes is part of interprofessional communication. Handover promote the continuous flow of shift and it promote service users and staff safety. For example, the staff just arriving on shift needs to know what happens during the last shift such as change in condition of service users, if there is any medication changes, appointment and any important task that needs to be carried out during the shift. Communication is one of the ‘6 Cs’ of nursing, which is necessary to promote service users’ safety and quality care. The National
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