With patient acuity on the rise, new graduate nurses that are filling these vacancies in the hospitals, need to be competent nurses to provide proper and safe care to the patients. This article researched the competency of new graduate nurses. “Nursing competence is not only a professional standard described by the American Nurses Association but also a Joint Commission requirement” (Theisen & Sandau, 2013). Competency is defined as the ability to do something successfully or efficiently; however, educators believe competency extends beyond skills. There is a strong push for nurse residency programs or nursing orientation programs.
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This method of reflecting on my own personal experiences in a specific set of circumstances promoted thought-provoking questions and ideas. It also helped me to realize the importance of having all the data prior to making a decision on a plan of care. It becomes obvious while attempting to answer questions on case studies when there is not enough information. Case studies are a great way to put yourself into the clinical situation so that as nurses we may have a greater understanding of critical thinking (Asselin, 2012). Challenges as an Evolving Leader Today’s nurse, as an evolving leader, must be compassionate, professional and treat the patient as a whole.
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However, one’s attitude towards incorporating and utilizing nursing standards in their practice is essential in determining its success or failure. Having an attitude of acceptance and valuing new ideas is something that I am beginning to acquire in my nursing practice. My positively changing attitude is applied to the leadership standard of nursing. Functioning effectively within a multi-faceted team requires open communication, shared decision making, and mutual respect. I am learning to have better leadership attitudes as it relates to appreciating the importance of collaboration between the multi-disciplinary medical team, respecting the unique qualities of each member, and acknowledging my own contributions to the effectiveness or dysfunction of the team.
It is no secret that we are living in a world where nursing shortages continue to worsen. In my report you will find reasons to expand educational resources. I will be highlighting the need for more nurses and displaying statistics on various aspects of nursing staff and nursing programs. With such demand and interest in this field we should not see a lack in nurses in the workforce, yet we are in dire need of them. The focus of this report is on increasing the educational resources for aspiring nurses because of the apparent need for it.
Whether it be a preceptors or a rigorous training period that goes beyond the traditional orientation, something should be implemented in order to assure that nurses are confident and competent. Burn out and lack of retention is an issues that can be addressed with these methods. A new nurse should not have to carry all these insecurities and self-doubt with them. Instead a program that builds and empowers nurses has been shown to transition novice nurse to competent
Today, nurses as the highly valued commodity, need to be available to skillfully meet the challenging needs of the public. It has now become clear that nursing is engaged in the process of reshaping its function and form to accommodate the dynamic healthcare needs. I am convinced that nursing education is the key that will unlock the essential components in transforming the culture and practice of nursing. Despite the nurse shortage, the nursing profession is being elevated to the next level. Although diploma nursing was the standards of yesterday, the new nurse workforce will shine with the majority being BSN prepared nurses.
Nursing school isn’t the easiest to overcome, but if you study and are willing to put in the effort, then you will eventually succeed at being a qualified nurse. Nurses are a necessity because they are the ones that spend more direct time with the patient, they are on the Frontline of administering the patients treatment. When you are a patient, nurses are your
Extensive use of the word transition in nursing literature signals that it is a significant concept (Ralik, Visentin, Van Loon, 2006). It is essential for nurses to possess knowledge and understanding of transition. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive examination and explore the definitions and key elements of the concept of transition and show how gaining knowledge of transition can positively impact client care and the nursing profession. Understanding transition will help improve client care by teaching nurses how to assess for, and facilitate transition and develop health promotion initiatives. Ultimately, the goal is to have better outcomes for clients going through transition.