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Class, Here is your discussion for Week 1: Now that you have examined the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies, why do you think these competencies were selected? Which 2 of the 10 competencies will be most important to your future nursing practice and why? Answer : In my opinion, these competencies were selected because each of them is important, but together they represent the standard of care for patients. Combined, they are what helps nurses give excellent patient care. According to our reading in the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the competencies as a whole, represent knowledge, attitude, and skill. All three are essential for nursing practice. These competencies place nursing knowledge “at the core to represent how nursing knowledge in its totality reflects the overarching art and science of the nursing profession and discipline” (Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 2016). Each of the competencies plays an important role in nursing practice, but I feel that safety and communication will be most important to my future nursing practice. Safety is important to me because it not only applies to patients but nurses as well. My number one priority is patient safety, but I have to keep myself safe, healthy and injury free in order to provide great care for my patients. For example, sanitizing my hands and equipment when entering and leaving patients rooms helps prevent the spread of infection to myself and my patients. Not recapping needles and changing the sharps containers when full helps prevent needle sticks. Proper lifting techniques when repositioning patients helps prevent back injuries. These are all things that seem simple but are overlooked at times due to the fast pace of nursing. Following safety protocols ensures that I can keep myself and my patients safe in the future. Communication is important to me because my patients depend on my communication between them and other medical professionals for their care. I am the middle man at times. For example, when medical doctors round on patients and are updating them on their plan of care, they sometimes use terminology that patients don’t understand. Hence, I am the one who translates in layman’s terms what the MD tried to explain. Another example would be, when discharging a patient, I have to be clear and concise when reviewing their new medications, diet and activity restrictions. According to the CDC, 82% of American adults take at least one medication and 29% take five or more (CDC.gov). Therefore, sending my patients home with new medications, if not explained properly could put them at risk for an adverse drug event or rehospitalization. According to the CDC, adverse drug events cause more than one million emergency department visits and 280,000 hospitalizations each year (CDC.gov). Thus, communication is important in my future nursing practice because it helps create meaningful relationships with my patients and improves their quality of care.
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