for change and implementation of the change practice, and enhance the development of leadership skills. Ethical ConsiderationsIn the implementation of the changing practice aimed at improving the health and well-being of surgical patients at risk of developing HAIs, it is important to consider the ethical issuesrelated to the implementation and sustenance of the changing practice. In fact, in all clinical
PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE JOURNAL5practices, it is always recommended that healthcare providers make considerations for ethical issues that may result from a given procedure or practice. Healthcare providers are as pointed outby Anderson et al. (2014) are responsible for enhancing the health of their patients as well as preventing harm to their patients and applying their experience in care for patients. While the implementation of the hygiene practices is critical in enhancing the health and wellbeing of the patients, an ethical issue may arise in a case where healthcare professionals fail to comply with organizational hygiene practice guidelines. According to Mortell et al. (2013), this ethical issue falls under the theory-practice ethics gap. Staff may fail to frequently meet the hygiene practices targets due to insufficient time, lack of leadership, low prioritization, and intolerance to antibiotics. The practicum revealed that failure to adhere to healthcare delivery guidelines might result in ethical issues and healthcare providers always consider adherence to practice guidelines. The base-line of ethical consideration as revealed in the practicum is that sensitive issues such as patient privacy need to be preserved and patients are well-served throughthe application of evidence-based practices. Population Health ConcernsThe capstone and practicum course has revealed that patient populations always have health concern which will always vary from one patient population to the other. Based on the capstone project, it was evident that the surgical patient population is different from other patientpopulations in that they are at increased risk of developing HAIs due to the presence of a wound.In fact, Botarelli et al. (2016) indicate that HAIs are a major health concern for surgical patients as it is associated with declining quality of life and increased mortality rates. Another health concern is the economic impact of HAIs.
PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE JOURNAL6According to Pinto et al. (2016), access and use of quality health care services for surgical patients who have developed HAIs is a costly undertaking as the infections are associated with additional medical costs. The population is thus under constant struggle to minimize the cost of care which may result in reduced utilization of health care services for critical issues leading to poor health outcomes. In overcoming such issues, the capstone and practicum course has provided evidence on how healthcare professionals and surgical patients
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