2. Detective- Much of my time is spent gathering information such as labs, family history, personal history etc. and compiling the information to make a big picture. I find listening and taking the time to develop appropriate questions is very helpful in my practice. Being observant of subtle changes in the patient and open to input of family members on unusual behavior is another way detective work is used to provide the best care. 3. Manager of the healing environment- Many factors affect my patients. I oversee everything from food to lighting. Picking foods that the patient enjoys so that they will eat to help with healing as well as turning down lights or adjusting heat to help the patient rest and heal are both tasks in providing a positive healing environment. G. ANA Code of Ethics provisions- Provision 2 in the nursing Code of ethics states that the nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether and individual, family, group, community, or population. Provision 5 in the nursing Code of ethics states that the nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth. (Ovid, 2014) 1. Provision 2 influences my practice by empowering me to focus on my patients and their families who need my attention the most and ignore workplace distractions without guilt. Provision 5 influences my practice be reminding me to
C304 TASK 1 8 take time to care for myself, to seek out continuing education opportunities and to always have an open mind to learning new things. Nurses are caretakers first and it is all too easy to neglect ourselves in the name of caring for others. Provision 5 reminds us that it is just as important to care for ourselves as it is to care for others. 2. A commonly seen nursing error in the clinical setting is a med error. a. Provision 2 indicated that the nurse’s primary commitment is to her patient. Following this provision, the nurse would properly report the error and make all attempts to negate any possible harm that was caused. Provision 5 applies to this error in that the nurse should look at themselves and decide why the error was made, were they too tired, hungry or do they simply need further education to prevent future errors. After identifying the cause, the nurse should rectify it to better serve the patients. H. Four leadership qualities that represent excellence in nursing are Measure the important things, create and develop leaders, focus on employee satisfaction and build individual accountability. (American Nurse Today, 2012) 1. A nurse leader measures the important things at the bedside by knowing how to gauge patient satisfaction and realizing that patient satisfaction is a mirror of staff satisfaction. As part of the interdisciplinary team the nurse leader helps to develop action plans and tools to build employee satisfaction and therefore patient satisfaction. The nurse leader strives to create and develop leaders by putting time into identified members of the team with leadership potential.
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