OUTLINE THE CONCEPT OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AS IT PERTAINS TO NURSING NRS 430
Outline the concept of professional accountability as it pertains to nursing. Provide examples of how a nurse demonstrates professional accountability in clinical expertise, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice. How do you incorporate self-care that includes mental health and spiritual well-being for you and your clients? What does the Bible say about self-care?
As a nurse we must do certain things to maintain our licensure. Depending on the state we are licensed in there are different requirements for renewing our licenses. If we have certifications we have things we must do to maintain those certifications.
In our nursing practice we will have education that maybe required to do as part of our employment. Hospitals frequently have yearly education that must be done by employees. There may be new education that comes up based on unit needs or new policies and protocols. As a professional nurse we must meet these requirements and do them in a timely manner.
What are some things that you have to do to remain accountable in your practice?
· I think continuous education is super important to keep us in the healthcare field up to date and in the loop of latest practices and such. We are in such a ever evolving field that we have to stay up to date to keep our skills relevant. In my practice we have to keep up to date on oncology nursing via continuous education certificates or attending workshops. I usually attend classes or seminars online there are alot of resources on medscape.com which is where i did most of my education for this year. in addition getting new certifications such as ACLS, PALS, etc. are immensely helpful in staying accountable in your practice.
· On my unit both the RNs and Cardiovascular Techs (CVTs) require to have both ACLS & BLS certification in order to work in the Cath lab. In addition to this, we are required to do mandatory Radiation safety modules annually, Rhythm Interpretation module and test. If these modules are not completed by the end of the fiscal year, violators will be removed from the schedule until completed and if these modules are not completed with a set time from by your supervisor/Manager you may loose your job. In the District of Columbia, the DC board of nursing requires that within two years of the RNS practice in DC all RNs must complete 24 credit hour continue education and this must include HIV and LGBTQ lessons. So in order to continue practicing in DC & renewing your license, nurses may have to fulfill this requirement.
· As a new international nurse, i had to do a lot of transitions, which included, license endorsement. The parts that interested me most were the continuous education posted on our portals, for continuity of growth and competency. We need to continue with these studies as per specialty to renew our licenses as pertains to the nursing board. We need to also follow the ethical part of nursing, practice according to the scope of practice and follow institutions policy to be able accountable in all we do to continue practicing.
- To meet the developing medical services needs of patients who are living longer with persistent ailments and complex infection processes, we should be expertly responsible for extending our clinical range of abilities and reliably executing highest quality level proof based practice discoveries to direct our nursing mediations. Continuous clinical ability requires dynamic investment to achieve and keep up with the abilities important to give outstanding consideration to our patient populace. Be available at the time during every expert instructional meeting, without individual distractors. This engaged cooperation permits us to explain central issues that might influence patient security and results. Go about as a guide and deal help to your friends who are figuring out how to perform new errands to expand their certainty and furthermore approve whether their training is in consistence with hierarchical principles.
The American Nurse Association (ANA) code of ethics defines nurse accountability as stated, “to be answerable to oneself and others for one’s own action” This means that nurses are required to follow an ethical conduct code based on the principles of fidelity and respect for the dignity, Nurses can display their professional accountability by taking responsibility for their own judgment and clinical decision they may make (Arkansas 20117). One way a nurse can show professional accountability is early recognition of an ischemic stroke patient, facial drooping, slurred speech, confusion, paralysis, and so forth. That nurse has a responsibility to that patient by acknowledging and alerting the proper clinicians to the situation based on his or her judgment. Because ischemic strokes are time-sensitive, early recognition and treatment can minimize brain damage and improve outcomes (Harvard 2017) It is important for nurses to practice good self-care and prioritize their own mental health and well-being which could directly improve the quality of care that they give their patients. Nurses can incorporate mental self-care just by coming up with a realistic individualized plan that they could do daily and/or every couple of days (Haughey 2022). The bible doesn’t speak directly about self-care but do provide some direction on how to establish,and maintain it. Jesus spoke about and gave direction and instruction to his disciples to care for their physical and mental health Jesus recognized that we cannot function and live sufficiently without rest (Liu 2022).
Arkansas State University (2017) Accountability in Nursing Retrieved September 16, 2022 from https://degree.astate.edu/articles/nursing/accountability-in-nursing.aspx#:~:text=%20Although%20definitions%20of%20accountability%20vary%2C%20Marcia%20M.,having%20power%20or%20control%20over%20something
Harvard Health Publishing (2017) Recognizing Strokes Early Retrieved September 16, 2022 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/recognizing-stroke-early
Haughley, C. (2022) Why Self Care is Essential for Nurses and How to Practice It. Retrieved September 16, 2022 from Practicing good self-care and prioritizing your own mental health and well-being directly improves the quality of care you give your patients.
Liu,G (2019) What Does The Bible Say About The Self Care Movement? Retrieved September 16, 2022, from https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/what-does-the-bible-say-about-the-self-care-movement/#:~:text=While%20the%20Bible%20doesn%E2%80%99t%20directly%20address%20the%20idea,for%20the%20care%20of%20our%20bodies%20and%20minds.