UAP’s advocate in their roles as scientist by being informed of changes in their practice of standard. A UAP is a detective in looking for problems. The UAP might be the first person to
Professional roles and values project notice the patients skin is starting to break down from urinary incontinence; the UAP then reports this back to the RN/LNP. The UAP may be involved in detecting a problem, but does not implement anything unless delegated to do so. Making sure the patient has the call light in reach, answering the call light when patient rings in a timely manner, and making sure the patient is clean are just some ways the UAP advocates for a healing environment. ANA Code of Ethics Provisions Provision 1 is “The nurse practices compassion and respect for all humanity” ( ANA, 2015). The dignity of the patients must always be a priority for the nurse. When caring for the patient this shows compassion and respect. Provision 3 is “The nurse advocates safety and rights of the patient.” A nurse checks medication expiration dates before she gives them to the patient. If the medication is expired, she advocates to pharmacy for new medication, keeping the patient safe from any possible side effects from expired medications. Respect for human dignity, provision 1, is priority in my nursing practice especially for the ones who cannot speak for themselves. For a patient who is non-verbal and a quadriplegic, I am in that room with the patient as much as I can be talking to them, repositioning them, putting lotion on their skin and doing anything that might comfort them. By doing this, I am showing compassion, keeping their dignity, and giving them respect. Safety and patient’s rights, provision 3, are focused through every single task from the moment I receive report until I give report. Reviewing morning labs, reporting low or high lab values to the doctor, and following through with the orders the doctor gives are all ways I keep my patient safe from having any other medical complications. In my practice, I have had to advocate for my patient when they wished to not receive blood or blood products. I explained to the new resident that the patient did not believe in this and the patient has the right to refuse.
Professional roles and values project In my practice, I have made a clinical medication error. Before we had a Pyxis, we use to pull narcotic medication from a locked drawer, would sign the medication for the patient out on a slip of paper, then grab our pill that was mixed in with other narcotics. One night I signed out the right medication but dispensed the incorrect narcotic. The ANA 2015 states in provision 3 that “ nurses must follow institutional guidelines in reporting such events to the appropriate authority and must ensure responsible disclosure of errors to patients.” When I made this medication error, I wrote myself up and turned it in to management. This is how I practice and uphold to the code of ethics and being part of a just culture in nursing.
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