5 A3. Primary Needs of Population Florida Hospital Orlando has become one of the most trusted and comprehensive hospitals in the region. As a result, the Florida Hospital Orlando campus serves a population of multiple counties including all of Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Florida Hospital Orlando serves millions of residents, with the majority of residents ranging between the age of 25-34, female, and Caucasian. The primary needs of the residents that Florida Hospital Orlando serves include heart disease, diabetes, STI/HIV, substance abuse (heroin), mental health, maternal/child health, an increase in uninsured rates, housing security, food security, disability/injury prevention, access to care, poor transportation, cancer, obesity, and senior mobility/falls. Florida Hospital Orlando chose a three-part, primary priority issue: Access to Care – Preventative, Primary and Mental Health. Preventative includes food insecurity and obesity, and maternal and child health. Primary and Mental Health includes affordability of care and access to appropriate-level care utilizing care navigation and coordination. These risks impact the community and the organization in a variety of ways. For example, access to affordable healthcare affects the community and organization because there are many residents that do not have health insurance and does not qualify for Medicaid, resulting in an increase in residents uninsured, affecting their access to health care. Mental health affects the community and organization as there are limited funding available, although there are many providers in the community that render mental health and substance abuse services. Heart disease and obesity affects the community and organization as heart disease is a leading cause of death in central Florida and results in the most emergency department visits and account for the most expensive services offered at the hospital. Obesity is a risk factor that contributes to heart disease, including lack of exercise and smoking (Floridahospital.com, 2018).
6 A4. Nurse Leader's Role The nurse leader that was interviewed is a nurse manager on a Clinical Transition Unit (CTU), one of the larger units at Florida Hospital Orlando that employs over 100 employees. The Clinical Transition Unit is a 65-bed environment where patients are admitted under observation status. In addition to being the manager of this unit, she is also the manager of DCC, a direct patient care clinic where patients receive outpatient services such as daily IV antibiotics, blood transfusions, and wound dressing changes, as well as the suture clinic which allows physicians to provide stitches and sutures when necessary to close and ensure the proper healing of certain wounds. The nurse manager works alongside other nurse managers and reports directly to the Director of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer. The nurse manager is responsible for the continual operation of their unit. It is their responsibility to plan, organize, and manage all activities and functions on their unit. The nurse manager is responsible for demonstrating critical
- Fall '18
- Nursing, Florida Hospital Orlando