Week 7 Reflective Journal

This week we studied quality improvement strategies. I was hoping to learn more quality improvement strategies this week, and that’s exactly what happened. I was able to learn a lot more about working as an interdisciplinary team. I was also able to learn about improving processes and preventing incidents from occurring. I feel like the critical thinking and case studies were both beneficial this week. I was able to apply information to real life situations. I also thought that the group discussion this week was great at helping figure out how to involve the family in patient care. In the future, I will use the information taught in class this week to improve patient care and prevent incidents from occurring.

Week 6 Reflection

This week in class we focused on continuous quality improvement, specifically benchmarks. I expected to learn about the benefits of benchmarks in continuous quality improvement this week. I learned about the benefits of benchmarks and the need to have them in healthcare. Benchmarks help visualize goals and provide incentive from continuous improvement. One of the assignments this week was to find a format that we liked for hospital balanced scorecard. The scorecard provides a easily visible analysis of the starting points, goals, and results of various protocols. This is an example of a hospital balances scorecard I found this week.

scorecard

If I am involved in a quality improvement team in the future, I will be sure to involve benchmarks in our process. This will ensure continuous quality improvement.

Week 5 Reflective Journal

This week we focused on the roles of health care personnel in patient care. I was hoping to gain a better understanding of the resources available to me to help provide the best care possible for my patients. This week I able to learn about the different resources available in patient care. Applying the information in case studies, critical thinking scenarios, and discussions helped prepare for situations that might occur while I’m working. This week I felt like I was also able to become more familiar with diabetes education. I am not an expert in diabetes, let alone in another language, so knowing that people like diabetes educators and translators are available help makes my role as a nurse less overwhelming. Diabetes is a complex condition and requires a great deal of education.

While I’m working as a nurse in the future, I will be sure to be aware of my resources and of people that can help me in difficult situations.

Week 4 Reflective Journal

This week we learned about legal and ethical issues in nursing. Before this unit, I was familiar with legal and ethical issues in nursing but I didn’t have a lot of experience responding to them. I was able to learn a lot by applying information I know to the case study, discussion, and critical thinking assignments this week. If experiences like this ever happen in my nursing career I will be better prepared to respond to them. This week I was able to learn more about assisted suicide and the policies that are in place in the states where it is legal. While looking for information on the subject, I stumbled across this chart and thought that the information in it was very interesting. This chart discusses the number of assisted suicides in Oregon and the reasons why people chose to end their lives.

Au, H. Y. (2010). Should physician-assisted suicide be legal?. Angles. Retrieved from http://web.mit.edu/angles/2010_Hoyin_Au.html

Week 3 Reflection

I expected to learn quality improvement strategies. This unit helped me better understand quality improvement strategies. I really liked the videos on the burned toast and the funnel. It helped me better understand incident prevention techniques and why outcomes vary so much. This information will help me better patient outcomes and factors that can affect them. I feel like I learned a lot this week and that the information will be very beneficial in my nursing career.

Week 2 Reflection

This week I was hoping to learn more about concepts related to quality in the healthcare system. Before this week I had never really thought much about quality before, but I knew that there were gaps between the definitions of quality from patients and from healthcare providers. This unit helped me to close the gaps in my thinking. The definition of quality will vary between everyone, but I think that keeping people safe, helping them feel better, and being nice to them are pretty much included in everyone’s definition. I really think that the M&M assignment helped me get a much better view of the definition of quality. In the future, I will try to meet my patients’ definitions of quality in care. I think that frequently asking the patient if I can help them with anything (other than basic needs) will help improve the care I provide. I think that this material will help me become a better nurse and patient advocate.

Critical Thinking

This week in class we discussed what the definition of quality is in the healthcare setting. When I am receiving care, I want my healthcare providers to not hurt me, help me feel better, and to be nice to me. As long as those three needs are met I will be pleased with the care I receive. As a professional nurse, I consider quality care as being competent in skills, being a patient advocate, and knowing my duties. Basically, I want to avoid hurting my patients, I want to help them feel better, and I want to treat them in a kind and respectful way. I think that my definitions for the quality of receiving and providing healthcare are very similar.

Quality and Safety in Nursing

Hello everyone! My name is Tara Taylor. I’m a new grad and I’m currently working in the ICU at LDS Hospital. I’m originally from Alamosa, Colorado. I’m not sure what my ultimate career goal is yet. I hope to learn better ways to promote patient safety from this course. I think my team will be a good resource and support group. Something unique about me is that I like to bake. This blog will be used to help me reflect on what I learn every week in this class during the semester.

Polynesian Culture

This week we focused some of our learning on the Polynesian culture. Before this week, I knew that the Polynesians were fun-loving and liked having big families. I did a lot of research on the Polynesian culture and common health problems that they face. The most common health problem in this culture is obesity. It is a norm in their culture to be obese. Because of the high rate of obesity, diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and CVD are also very common. Some infectious that are seen often in this culture are tuberculosis, H. pylori infections, and leprosy. Rheumatic fever is also prevalent and is responsible for causing a lot of rheumatic heart disease which usually goes untreated. When I am a nurse, it will be important for me to educate the patient about diet and exercise. It will also be important for me to include the patient’s family in the healthcare process.

Chinese Culture

This week we learned a lot about the Chinese culture. I didn’t know much about the culture at all. I focused a lot of my research on their culture and healthcare. This culture prefers a holistic approach to healthcare. They believe that diseases and conditions can be caused by an imbalance of yin and yang or by certain foods or medicines. They follow a diet where they eat either “hot” or “cold” foods depending on their health condition. The Chinese culture used a Western medicine approach for acute illnesses and a more traditional and holistic approach for chronic diseases. Some common problems in the Chinese culture are lack of insurance, not understanding Western medicine, and being unable to pay for healthcare. When I become a nurse, it will be important for me to ask about their diet. It will also be important for me to communicate well with the patient and answer any questions they may have.