OUTCOME PAPER 6
Ilearned that patient-centered care is care that is responsive,respectful to individual patient needs, values and preferences.Patient’s needs, values and preferences form the basis ofphysicians’ clinical decisions. As such, healthcare specialistsneed reliable leadership characteristics that make importantdecisions for positive change on patients’ health (Finkelman,2012). In my class at Curry College I learned that patients’ needsand values should guide physicians when making decisions. This isonly possible if physicians can establish mutual relationships withclients (Finkelman, 2012). In this case, effective communication,empathy and developing partnership between doctors and patients leadto improved care outcome, satisfaction and quick recovery ofpatients. Patient centered care is important as it embraces thetenets of evidence based practice.
Evidencebased nursing practice
Inmy class on Evidence-based Practice (EBP), I learned the use ofexplicit, conscientious and judicious evidence when making clinicaldecision about patient’s care. I learned that EBP integratedpatient centered care with individual clinical skills and expertise,and with the best existing evidence from external systematic research(Finkelman, 2012). Evidence based practice also refers to theapplication of research-proven assessment and treatment methods inthe day to day client care and service delivery. I learned that as anurse I need to commit to research literature when making clinicaldecisions. This means I needed evaluating the effectiveness ofresearch evidence given with relevant clinical data and the patientdecisions (Finkelman, 2012).
Forinstance, sharing this information with patients helps the patientsmake informed decisions about desired health care (Finkelman, 2012).To this end, I learned that EBP requires one to be accountable whenmaking clinical decisions through evidence based research practice.As such, as a clinician, I am called upon to collect all importantdata that relates to the client’s condition for effectivehealthcare provision.
AtCurry College nursing classes I learned that registered nurses shouldpossess important competences and skills in order to serveeffectively in their complex and challenging roles. I also learnedthat RN is a case manager who should be creative, be change agency,illustrate change hardiness and risk competency. A case managershould be friendly, open and likes other people (Finkelman, 2012). Inaddition, I learned that case managers should portray higher degreeof tolerant, advocacy, embrace change, curios, clinically competentand self-directed.
Ilearned that RN should have core competencies such as goodinterpersonal skills, good knowledge of healthcare management, goodunderstanding of law and regulations. Others include reliability inservice delivery and community resource mobilization. These skillsare important in ensuring competency in service delivery (Finkelman,2012). For instance, the core skill helps in facilitating goodcommunication, relationship building, crisis management, tolerance toambiguity and change. Importantly, I learned that these skills areimportant for RN in ensuring consistency, optimizing patient care,effective resource use and assessment. Overall, I learned thatnursing profession is a demanding career, as well as a rewardingprofession.
Inorder to develop an effective career in nursing profession, one needsto have good academic performance and good personal qualities. Innursing, individuals’ personality and skills are vital infacilitating teamwork an essential aspect in the nursing field. Inaddition, having good personal characteristics and skills makes iteasy for one to relate well with patients, staffs and doctors.Another important aspect that one needs to have is good understandingon diversity, acknowledging rather than ignoring and honoringeveryone. Regardless of nursing responsibilities, one needs to havepersonal composure and attentiveness to everyone while in the line ofduty. In my class I learned that RN who wishes to transits tobaccalaureate degree need to prepared for more challenging roles.Transition to baccalaureate involves the acquisition of new skills,experience and capacity to handle new challenging roles.
Evidencefor nursing practice
Inmy class I learned that Patient’s safety is guaranteed throughquality healthcare. Patient safety is guaranteed through effectivehealthcare to the patient and upholding high standards ofprofessionalism in healthcare provision. For instance, RN shoulduphold high levels of ethical standards when dealing with all kindsof patients. In particular, safety practices that reduce the risksof adverse events related to medical care are important inguaranteeing effectiveness and ameliorating harm (Aspden, Corriganand Wolcott, 2004).
AtCurry College, I learned that health assessment is identifying thespecific needs of patients (Cepeda and Davenport, 2006). Thisinvolves evaluating an individuals’ health status through physicalexamination. Health assessment is a continuum process and helps intreating individuals. In this way, the patient is given quality carethereby guaranteeing their health safety. In health assessment Ilearned how to record patients’ information in accurate way foreffective diagnosis and treatment.
Inaddition, I learned how to utilize RN competences in resourcemanagement and resource use, cost containment and resourcemobilization in healthcare assessment for community therapy. Registered Nurses utilize numerous tools to support them in healthassessment. In particular, RN uses various aspects of patientassessment to determine how resources are to be used in provision ofhealth services. These ensure quality care and the safety of thepatients. In hospitals patient satisfaction is assessed on the basisof reduced patient readmission, patients’ feedback on positiveexperience and effective treatments.
Inhealthcare assessment, I learned that patients are satisfied whengood quality care is given after adequate health assessment thisguarantees patient safety. Nurses play an essential role infacilitating patient satisfaction. In particular, nurses provideafter care services such as education patients on important mattersthat concerns health, advocacy, empowering patients and providingempathy to the sick.
AspdenP, Corrigan J, Wolcott J, (2004). Patientsafety: achieving a new standard for care. Washington,DC: National Academies Press.
Cepeda,Lisa M. and Davenport, Donna S. (2006). "Person-Centered Therapyand Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: An Integration of Present andFuture Awareness". Psychotherapy:Theory, Research, Practice, Training(Educational Publishing Foundation) 43(1): 1–12.
Finkelman,A. (2012). Leadershipand management for nurses: Core competencies for quality care (2ndEd.) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.