Importance of Interprofessional Collaboration, Communication and Teambuilding,

Kaitlin Graye, BSN, RN

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Healthcare has undergone a massive transformation in the past decade. Medicine is no longer physician-centric or disease-centered. Healthcare has shifted toward a patient focus and places an emphasis on quality, satisfaction, value, and utilizing a holistic approach to promote overall wellness. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the significance of collective competence and interprofessional collaboration within healthcare systems. Collective Competence Collaboration is an evolving process that calls for active participation from contributing individuals who engage in shared problem-solving and decision-making to achieve a common goal (Hamric, Hanson, Tracy & O’Grady, 2014). Collaboration is especially significant in the healthcare environment to meet the increasingly complex demands of patients with multiple co-morbidities. Collaboration pools resources to facilitate improvements in cost, availability, and quality of care (Tsakitzidis et al, 2016). The concept of collaborative ... Cont'd

Magnet Recognition: Is the Designation worth the Journey?

Gina Quinn RN,BSN,CPAN Jennifer Papapavlou RN, BSN, CCRN Heather Miller RN, BSN, CPAN

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Currently, only eight percent of hospitals nationwide hold the title of Magnet Recognition (AHA, Fast Facts on US Hospitals, 2019) and even less receive consecutive designations. Eight percent is a marginally small number, especially when it comes to credentialing hospitals as havens for quality patient outcomes and centers of nursing excellence. The process of becoming a Magnet designated hospital is complex and grueling; requiring submissions of data, site visits, and taxes hospital resources in doing so. What then is this rare designation, and how does it improve both patient outcomes and nursing quality? Ultimately, does the designation provide benefit to those who obtain it? During the nursing shortage in the 1980’s, nurse researchers set out to find out why some hospitals had better nurse retention than others. The term “magnet” was appropriately used to describe the characteristics of these hospitals because of their ability to attract nurses and keep them. The research focused ... Cont'd

A Husband's Difficult Decision

Jennifer Kinneret Ron, BSN, RN, CPAN

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A Husband’s Difficult Decision Jennifer Kinneret Ron, RN, BSN, CPAN Mrs. A. was 54-year-old female with an extensive medical history including peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was assigned to me in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) to recover from a below the knee amputation, secondary to acute limb ischemia and sepsis. Mrs. A. was visited in PACU by her husband who was wheelchair bound due to Multiple Sclerosis. Mrs. A. was very sick battling sepsis. Her prognosis was poor. Her husband was at the bedside reporting he felt she was exhausted, giving up hope, and didn’t have the strength or desire to “continue to fight”. As Mr. A. continued to watch his wife, and speak with me, he started to cry. He began to express feelings of guilt related to not being able to properly care for his wife because of his own medical condition. He then asked me if I thought she “would make it.” I explained to Mr. A. that his wife was in critical ... Cont'd

Cardiomyopathy: A Closer Look at the Disease

Cherrie Deguzman, Heather Miller, & Brianne Gallagher

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Introduction Heart disease is a wide term used for a variety of diseases that affect the heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiomyopathy is one of the types of heart disease that affects about 50,000 Americans annually. There are four types of cardiomyopathy: dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 2007). This article will detail the different types of cardiomyopathy as well as the causes, treatment, sign and symptoms, diagnostic procedures and prevention. It will also cover ways to live with cardiomyopathy and end of life care. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the muscles of the heart. It can be broken down into primary and secondary classifications. In primary cardiomyopathy, the disease can’t be related to a specific cause. In secondary cardiomyopathy it is related to a cause such as hypertension, disease of the heart valves, arterial diseases, or a congenital ... Cont'd

Love hate relationship in nursing


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Nursing was never a dream for me, it never came across my mind that one day I will become a nurse, frankly speaking I hated nursing. I came from a nursing background, my mother was a nurse, a great one if I may say, but from her I had the inner view of nursing when I was just a kid, the hard ship she had to go through as a nurse yet the appreciation was never there was not appealing to me, or maybe I could say I did not see it at that time. So I went on to study as well as I could, to pursue my dream in teaching, a dream I had since I was a kid. As I wished, I had the chance of being one. I studied my feet off to be one, but God had different path for me, the road was not a walk in the park.I encountered a situation where it was impossible for me to continue the journey to be a teacher. I dropped off my study and went back home, I was angry to myself. I was devastated. My heart broke. I decided at that moment, whatever comes, I’m in for it. As I said, God has drawn my path, not all you ... Cont'd