which strengthen their clinical knowledge and practices. Since its designation as a trauma center, a lot of the healthcare staff at the hospital are obtaining trauma certifications as well. For example, many nurses at NTC are obtaining their Trauma Nurse Core Course certification and stay up-to-date on current practices related to trauma care. NTC provides many educational services to provide to the community which include heart disease management, diabetes education, and trauma education. Because the aforementioned healthcare risks affect the community, NTC has implemented each program to keep the community well informed, and better educated to potentially thwart the risk of readmission. Each patient is referred to the appropriate designated program during their stay in the hospital, and after discharge to ensure the community is properly educated and informed.
4. Describe the nurse leader's role. Nursing has undergone a paradigm shift, requiring nurses to further their education in order to serve in an elevated role. Nurses not only require a higher level of education, but also the clinical experience necessary in order to act as a resource, expert, and leader for their respective unit. Rachael has formal influence at NTC, such that she is the CNS for both the Stepdown Unit and Medical-Surgical Telemetry Unit. Her role at NTC is to provide clinical practice, education, consultation, performance improvement and research. In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Rachael also acts as a resource for the Unit Based Council for Stepdown and Med-Surg, providing consultations for the leadership teams on each floor to ensure a smooth workflow encompassing safe and effective care. Rachael also facilitates all educational activities for the unit, including education, training, and skills for all new hires, and annual training for every staff member. As an informal leader for her assigned floors, she makes rounds throughout the day, helping on the floor when she can by answering call lights, assisting with procedures, or assisting nurses with their daily tasks. Doing so has gained the respect of her staff members as well as her peers because she is noted as someone who the staff nurses look up to and follow her example. Many staff nurses have mentioned Rachael’s practices on the floor actually influence them and encourages them to assist each other on the floor and work better in a team. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Education in Nursing provide nine essentials that delineate of the “outcomes expected of all graduates of master’s nursing programs” (AACN, 2011). The nine essentials act as a guide to prepare graduate nurses for “diverse areas of practice in any healthcare setting” (AACN, 2011). Aligning with the AACN Master’s Education in Nursing Essential III: Quality Improvement and Safety, Rachael describes her role as a CNS, as the resource person required for the articulation of “methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality,” and can adeptly “apply
quality principles within an organization.” (AACN, 2011). Based on recent HCAHPS scores related to noise
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