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Rt1 Task 1 Essay

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Nursing-sensitive indicators represent nursing’s contributions to patient care.
Nursing-sensitive indicators represent nursing’s contributions to patient care.
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Nursing-sensitive indicators reflect the structure, process and outcomes of nursing care (American Nurses Association, Inc., 2014). Patient outcomes that are determined to be nursing sensitive are those that improve if there is a greater quantity or quality of nursing care (American Nurses Association, Inc., 2014). One nursing-sensitive indicator is the development of pressure ulcers. Nursing-sensitive indicators represent nursing’s contribution to patient care.
The primary nurse caring for Mr. J did not appear to have a great understanding of this nursing-sensitive indicator as demonstrated by the patient laying in restraints for extended periods of time without justification as to why. Patients at an increased risk of pressure ulcers either from age, mobility ...view middle of the document...

Data collection is important to monitor the ongoing quality of patient care (American Nurses Association, et all, 1999). The data helps demonstrate the importance of having licensed clinical staff caring for our patients, rather than unlicensed replacement staff at a lower cost. It can help offset the financial concerns of hiring RN’s versus LVN’s or CNA’s by comparing the incidents of poor patient outcomes with level of care provided. It assists in RN job security.
Data collection also assists with standardization of patient care. The 10 nursing-sensitive indicators are published and can be reviewed by patients, researchers and hospitals across the nation. It creates a focus within each hospital on these measures which in turn increases the quality of patient care rendered by hospital staff.
  Specific system resources that could be utilized to help resolve the ethical issue of Mr. J receiving a non-kosher meal as he had requested would be dietary and the ordering system. The patient’s diet order would need to be reviewed as well as the processes in place to fulfil the patient’s diet order. A root cause analysis would be beneficial in this situation since according to the primary physician this is not a single incident.
It is important for nurses to understand the 10 nursing-sensitive indicators when providing bedside care as well as when in managerial positions. These indicators are in place to assist nursing staff with providing quality patient care as well as advocate for the use of registered nurses in the acute care settings.

Bibliography

* American Nurses Association, et all. (1999). ANA Indicator History.
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* American Nurses Association, Inc. (2014). Nursing-Sensitive Indicators.
Retrieved December 11, 2014, from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ThePracticeofProfessionalNursing/PatientSafetyQuality/Research-Measurement/The-National-Database/Nursing-Sensitive-Indicators_1

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