This was our final week of class. We did not have new class material so instead I will be reflecting on the course as a whole. I think that this semester has been beneficial for me. I was able to learn about and implement many leadership skills. I was able to learn from the examples that were supplied with the course. I have been able to apply many of these concepts in my job as a charge nurse already. If I am ever working in a manager or other leadership position I will be able to utilize a lot of the course material that I have learned this semester.
This week our course focused on risk management and legal responsibilities. I think that this was a good subject to learn about because situations that require risk management and maybe a legal team come up unexpectedly in healthcare frequently. This discussion from this week contained a case study about a young man who was brought into the ED, placed in 4 point restraints, and then ended up lighting himself on fire with a lighter because he was not monitored properly. Examples like this remind me how important it is to follow protocols and prioritize patient safety. Thinking through this scenario in a risk management and legal view helped me to better understand the steps that would need to be taken. I will use this information throughout my nursing career. I have already cared for several patients that have needed risk management involvement. This course material helped me better understand why things are done a certain way.