Running head: LEWIS BLACKMAN PART 4 1 Lewis Blackman Part 4 Tonya Edwards Louisiana State University at Alexandria
LEWIS BLACKMAN PART 4 2 1. What does professional accountability means to you? Professional accountability to me means being held responsible for my actions, owning up to my mistakes and learning from them when they occur. Being responsible for ensuring the best care for my patients and not blaming someone else for my mistakes at work, if or when they occur. 2. How do health professionals demonstrate: 1. A feeling of accountability for the reliability of the system in which they work 2. Lack of accountability for the reliability of the system in which they work Health professionals demonstrate a feeling of accountability for the reliability of the system in which they work by reporting errors, admitting occurrences where the system has failed, and working to improve the system. A lack of accountability for the reliability of the system in which they work is shown when health care professionals play the blame game, as Mrs. Haskell describes. In my opinion, that attitude showed a lack of accountability for the system. Also, by showing a lack of priorities. For example, by health care professionals being task oriented instead of focusing on patient care. In turn, having the patient suffer for the health care professionals lack of accountability. 3. Helen Haskell describes nurses focused on task completion (including documentation of a plan of care) rather than on accurate assessment, application of knowledge, listening to patient and family, and action on the patient’s behalf. How accurate is her depiction of nursing care you observed? In instances where you have made similar observations, what contributions to this “misplaced” work focus?
LEWIS BLACKMAN PART 4 3 I believe misplaced work focus, as Helen describes, occurs when nurses are task oriented. I have witnessed health care professionals so focused on getting things done, they forget to interact with the patient or family. Nurses have many tasks and it seems that the list of things to do can grow rapidly, so quality care is traded for efficiency. Helen is accurate in her depiction of nursing care. For example, I have witnessed health care professionals so focused on getting things done, they forgot to interact with the patient or family.
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- Fall '17
- Health care provider, Lewis Blackman