A Christian Worldview for Nursing

AChristian Worldview forNursing

AChristian Worldview forNursing

Nursesinteractwith clientsof allcultures,races,andreligionsin seekingthehealthcareassistancein modernhealthcarefacilities.In mostcases,theseclientshavedifferentworldviews, someof which differwith theviewsof thenursingenvironment.To thisend,nursesandotherhealthcareprofessionalsare requiredto coordinatehealthcarewith clients’practicesandbeliefs,failureto which tensionmight arise(Informa Exhibition LLC, 2015). Additionally, advancedpracticalnurseshavemadea significantcontributiontowards qualityimprovementin Florida’s healthcaresystemgiventhattheyhavemoretrainingandexperiencethan theordinaryregisterednurses.Thispaperwill comparetheworldviews that are demonstratedin dialysis nursingenvironmentwith Christian worldviews andaddresstherolesof advancedpracticalnursesin qualityimprovementin Florida.

Worldviewsdemonstratedin dialysis

Dialysisis one of thelife-sustaining treatmentssince itisperformedwith theobjectivesof prolonginglifeandpreventingtheoccurrenceof healthcomplicationsthat are associatedwith thelossof kidneyfunction.Theworldviews heldby professionalsin thedialysis environmentandChristians haveone majorsimilarity.Both theChristians andprofessionalnursesin thedialysis environmentholdthatitis criticalto preservinghumanlifeandone’s relationshipwith himselfaswellas otherpeople(Informa Exhibition LLC, 2015). In essence,bothpartiesbelievethatall thepossiblemeasuresshould betakeninorderto prolongthepreciouslifeof thepatient.Therefore,theprimaryobjectiveof performingdialysis is to sustainlifeandgivethepatientan opportunityto livelongerandrelatewith otherpeople.

Theworldviews heldby thetwo parties(nursesin thedialysis environmentandChristians) differin thewaythat eachof them attachesvalueto thebodyandthespirit.Themainfocuson nursesin thedialysis environmentis thetreatmentof thephysicalbodysince theybelievethatpatientsshould be assistedto leada lifethat is freeof pain.Christians,holdthatthespiritualaspectof lifeis morevaluablethan thephysicalbody(Jericho, 2011).Therefore,thehumanbodyis onlytreatedbecauseitsharesin theultimatevalueof thespiritualsoulof thepatient.Thismeansthat,accordingto Christians, thebodyshould not betreatedforthesakeof its materialvalueonly.

Tensionsmay arisein thedialysis environmentbecausedialysis employers,patients,colleagues,andstudentsin careinteractwith peoplewhoholddifferentworldviews andcomefrom differentcultures,races,andreligions.In mostcases,tensionariseswhenthepracticesof thedialysis employercontradicttheworldviews heldby otherparties,includingtheir colleagues,patients,andstudents.Whileanalyzingdifferentworldviews heldby differentgroupsregardingthelife-sustaining therapyMiller (2009) identifiedthatfailureto comprehendthepracticesandtheunderstandingof religionotherpeople(includingpatients)resultsin a scenarioin which sometreatmentproceduresdisregardthebeliefsof others.Thisinturnleadsto somepredicamentsof theconscienceof thepeopleholdingdifferentworldviews. Therefore,itis imperativethatnursescomprehenddifferentworldviews of thepeopletheyinteractwith in orderto avoidtension.

Roleof APNs in Florida communityin qualityimprovement

Advancedregisterednursespracticeare nurses(APNs), who,in additionto beinglicensedto practicingnursing,has pursuedpost-basic specializedtraining,education,andexperience.In addition,APNs practicingin Florida is certifiedandregisteredby theBoard of Nursing, which givethem permissionto carryout advancedlevel nursingroles(Indest, 2008). Theadvancedlevel of education,experienceandtraininghelpsimprovesthecapacityof APNs to performdiagnosisandthe therapy for&nbsppatientswith duediligence.Moreover,APNs in Florida prescribesdrugsthat fallintocategoriesthat are permittedin thenursingpracticeprotocols(Indest, 2008). Thisisunlike themanystateswhereAPN practiceindependently.TheprotocolalsoprohibitsAPN from prescribingcontrolleddrugsof registeringthemselves with theDrug Enforcement Agency (Kenna, 2014). Currently, are allowedto diagnose andtreatpatients,butunder thesupervisionof physiciansandtheguidanceof thenursingprotocol.ThestrictmeasuresensurethatAPNmaintainandenhancethequalityof thehealthcaredeliveryto Florida community.Theadvancedknowledgeandexperienceof APN allowsthem to supplementtheservicesof thelimitednumberof physicians,which in turnensuresthatthequalityof healthcareisimprovedin theFlorida healthcaresystem.

APNsas leadersof qualityimprovementteams

APNsplaya criticalrolein theleadershipof thequalityimprovementteams.Thisisbecausetheir advancedlevels of education,skills,andexperienceallowthem to playtherolesof ordinaryregisterednursesandpartof theroleof physicians(Citizen Advocacy Center, 2009). Therefore,APNs havetheabilityto linknursesandphysiciansas wellas otherhealthcareproviders whenplayingtherolesof teamleadersin qualityimprovement.

Significantcontributionsas a resultof APNs involvementin QI teams

Theimpactof APNs can befeltin theentirehealthcaresystemgiventhattheyareable tooffer&nbspservicesthat areequivalentto orcomparablein qualityto servicedofferedby physicians.Accordingto Citizen Advocacy Center(2009)APNs havea considerably higherpatientsatisfactioncomparedto physicians.ThisisbecauseAPNs isabletocombinenursingandpartof physicianskillsto deliverqualitycareto their patients.In addition,APNs spendmoretimewith patients,which givethem an opportunityto comprehendtheir healthneedsthan othercategoriesof healthcareproviders. ThisimpliesthatincludingAPNs in thequalityimprovementteamsprovidesan opportunityfortheseteamsto viewhealthcaredeliveryfrom a widerperspectiveandin a comprehensiveway.In essence,theinvolvementof APNs in thequalityimprovementteamshas contributedtowards patientsatisfaction,qualityof care,andtreatmentoutcome.

EBPactivitiesspearheadedby APNs in Florida

Itis evidentthatAPNs operatingin Florida havespearheadedseveralevidence-based activitiesin thehealthcaresystem.TheFlorida TaxWatch documented someof theseactivitiesin a reportthat emphasizedonthesignificanceof involvingAPNs in allpolicydevelopment.ThereportidentifiedWalgreens as one of thehealthcarefacilitiesin which APNs utilizesevidence-based resourcesin combinationwith electronictoolsto offerqualitycareto their clients(Calabro, 2013). Theevidence-based activitiesareguidedby researchthat providesprofessionalswith theinformationtheyneedto deliverhealthcarethat suitstheneedsof clients.Mostof theseactivitiesaimat enhancingthequalityof carein antimicrobial therapy,educatingpatients,diagnosisandtreatmentof skindiseases(Calabro, 2013).

Conclusion

Theworldviews heldby peoplefrom differentcultures,religion,andracescan resultin criticalchallenges,especiallywhenmakingdecisionsregardingthelife-sustaining healthcare.Thisiscommonin thedialysis nursingenvironmentwherenursesfocusmoreon treatingthebodyto relieveits painwhileChristians believethatthesoulmattersmorethan thebody.In mostcases,tensionariseswhennursesfailto understandtheworldviews of beliefsheldby patientswhocomefrom differentbackgrounds.Advancedpracticenurseshavemoreknowledge,training,andexperiencethan otherregisterednurses,which placesthem in a betterpositionto leadthequalityimprovementteams.

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