Running Head: PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND VALUES TASK I1Professional Roles and PracticeC304 Task IWestern Governors University
PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND VALUES TASK I2Professional Nursing PracticeA.Nursing TheoryThe nursing profession is influenced by nursing theory in both research and profession (Cherry & Jacob, 2017). The nursing theory by Dorothea Orem known as The Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory influenced my practice as a nurse. The Orem Model of Nursing is known name for this nursing theory, states that patients that perform as much of their self-care that they can experience a quicker recovery. When a patient is unable to perform the necessary self-care skills,a nurse steps in to intervene or give support as needed because there is a deficit of self-care (Petripin, 2016). Working in a post-operative open heart and thoracotomy nurse it is important that these patients are able to return to their preoperative functions as soon as possible. Therefore it’s my job to encourage and support these patients to perform as much of their self-care as quickly as they possibly can. My own values of patient autonomy and compassionate nursing care as well as the education of patients and their families on post-operative recovery arealigned with this nursing theory model. A.1 Excellent Nursing PracticesApplying Orem’s theory is utilized through the nursing process by nurses. During the nursing assessment of a patient, the nurse includes the assessment of the patient’s ability to perform self-care to determine if there is a deficit or not. The nurse then develops the appropriate plan of care determined by the results of the assessment to include patient education and active participation by the patient. The plan of care will include goals with deadlines that will be monitored daily and reassessed if needed. Care can be adjusted to meet the individual patient’s goals and help the patient to reach their highest functioning level.
PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND VALUES TASK I3A2. Professional Practice Nursing TheoryWorking as a post-operative nurse I often take care of patients who do not want to do anything for themselves. They don’t want to get up to sit in the chair or go for a walk. They complain and don’t want to do their breathing exercises. I also work with the patient’s family members that want to do everything for the patient. My job is to educate and encourage the patients as well as their families the importance of the patient doing as much for themselves as they possibly can. I assist the patients that are in need of help but I also must encourage them to try to do as much as they possibly can to quicken their recovery. Post-operative open-heart patients are not allowed to use their arms to help themselves get up out of bed or a chair. The patient cannot push with their arms and nobody and pull on their arms to get up. My job is to educate the patient to brace their incision by crossing their arms across their chest, and then have them rock back and forth several times, and to use that momentum with their legs to stand.
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