Whereas the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services oversees federal healthcare programs and develop policies and guidelines for these carriers to follow. They help to ensure access to care, better coverage, and overall improve health. D1- Influence on Professional Practice:
The FDA influences my professional nursing practice every day and is critical in safe patient care. It allows me to feel confident in the medications and vaccines I give to patients, because I know they have been inspected, tested, and are safe for use. Protecting the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, quality, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, and medical devices ( U.S. Food and Drug Administration., n.d.) . The FDA has also established safe doses to be administered to patients, as well as informs me when there have been recalls. The FDA also has approved the POCT CLIA waved tests that can be used in my clinic. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services greatly influences my nursing practice every day as well. It developed the MACRA guidelines my providers need to follow in order to get reimbursements for the services they provide. They also enforced meaningful use and required providers to switch to EMR’s for safer patient care. Supporting innovative approaches to improving quality, accessibility, and affordability, while finding the best ways to use innovative technology to support patient-centered care ( Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, n.d.). They are a Medicare and Medicaid resource for my practice and govern how our providers manage their Medicare patients. D1A- Nurses Role as a Patient Advocate: When a patient requests to use an alternative treatment, it is our roles as nurses to be patient advocates. We are here to promote safety for patients. We need to research the alternative treatment to make sure it is safe for patient use as well as consult a provider to review possible side effects or reactions to the patient’s current meds and treatments. We are to encourage patients to make their own decisions in their care but advise and educate them when there are concerns for safety. Question policies and procedures that I may think can harm the patient. It is also our role to follow up with patients who choose to use alternative treatments and monitor their progress by continuing to look for side effects or reactions. E- Purpose of the Nurse Practice Act: The purpose of the nurse practice act is to define the responsibilities of nurses in a healthcare setting in Washington state, and hold them accountable to these responsibilities. This affects my professional practice because by practicing in Washington state I am agreeing to uphold these professional and ethical standards in my practices every day and abide by those regulations. If not, I am held responsible and may lose my license and the right to practice in Washington.
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- Fall '15
- Nursing, State Board of Nursing