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Ethics, Biases and Responsibilities of Nursing

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Ethics, Biases and Responsibilities of Nursing
nancy kimmel
October 7, 2014

Ethics, Biases and Responsibilities of Nursing
On any given day, the nurse will be faced with ethical challenges. The consequences of the nurses action in doing the “right thing” creates a dislocation point within their peer and management group.(Huston, 2014, p. 256) From my personal experience I know of one ethical dilemma that I faced. It was the morning shift. I had just made rounds. As I sorted out the medications I was going to pass, I noticed that one of my patient’s medications consisted of Depakote®(“Valproic Acid and Pregnancy,” 2014), Zyprexa®(“What special precautions should I follow?,” 2014) and Tetracycline®(“What special precautions should I follow?,” 2014). This would not have been a problem except the nurses from the midnight shift stated that the patient was only three months pregnant and had stated she was going to have an abortion. I looked through the chart to see if there was a consent signed for a D &C. There was none. I also proceeded to check if the psychiatric medication consent form was signed. This form needed to be signed prior to administering any anti-psychotic medications. The Physician was responsible for explaining to the patient the side effects. Next, I noticed that the attending Physician wrote the order for the Tetracycline and that the Psychiatrist wrote the order for the anti-psychotic meds. After reading this, I went to the patient and explained to her that there could be very teterogenic side effects to her unborn fetus if she were to take these medications either together or individually. She stated that she didn’t care because she was planning to have an abortion. I graciously bowed out and went to my head nurse. I explained to my head nurse that without documentation of a procedure for a D & C or any signature from the patient indicating that they understood the side effects of the combined medications, I could not in good faith pass these meds. In fact, I added that she could change her mind in a few hours. My head nurse just looked at me and asked me if I was defying a Physicians order. I said, “Yes”. She then proceeded to call the nursing supervisor who also asked me if I was refusing to pass the meds. I told her that I would not pass the meds citing documentation via the Micro-Medex®(“Truven Health Analytics,” 2014) drug compatibility table and my nursing code of ethics, to do no harm.(“Code of Ethics for Nurses,” 2010) After a brief discussion with my head nurse, they relieved me of this patient and gave me someone else. The nurse who took over the care of my patient followed the Dr.’s orders and passed the meds. I was told to write an incident report.
Impact of Legal Responsibilities
My first and foremost responsibility is too my patient. That has and will always be how I practice nursing. However my stance, the actions that I took obviously affected the care of the patient and not for the better. Could I have done it differently? It is important that the nurse has a scope of practice. This is what guides us to know what we can and cannot do. As nurses we must be very careful what lines we cross. Physicians are notorious for asking us to perform skills not within the scope of our practice.
Strategies to Address Conflict
There is no easy answer but as a group voice we can be heard. Which is why being part of the legislative due process of lobbying, helps to have laws passed that protect the nurse and patient.(Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2014, p. 669) Joining a nursing association also helps bring a unique camaraderie for nurse in their field so specialty, where they can also find peer group support for their cause.

References
Code of Ethics for Nurses with interpretive statements. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/EthicsStandards/CodeofEthicsforNurses/Code-of-Ethics.pdf
Huston, C. J. (2014). Legal and Ethical Issues. In Professional Issues in Nursing Challenges & Opportunities (3rd Edition ed., pp. 256-262-262). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins a Wolters Kluwer business.
Mason, D. J., Leavitt, J. K., & Chaffee, M. W. (2014). Policy and Politics in the Community. In M. Iannuzzi (Ed.), Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care (6th ed., pp. 668-669-669). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
Micromedex Solutions. (2014). Retrieved from http://micromedex.com/
Olanzapine. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601213.html
Tetracycline. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682098.html
Valproic Acid and Pregnanacy. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.mothertobaby.org/files/Valproic_Acid.pdf


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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Pain

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Clinical practice guidelines for chronic Pain
nancy kimmel
October 18, 2014

Clinical practice guidelines for chronic Pain
The purpose of this paper is to identify the current clinical nursing guidelines regarding the treatment of chronic pain and its financial impact on the healthcare system, community, patients and their families. Additionally, this paper will explore the expectations of the BSN in the implementation and documentation of evidenced based practice.
Nursing management of chronic pain
Pain is a symptom that frequently goes unreported and unrecognized in patient care settings. Pain also has negative effects on the patient and their families.(Stenner, Carey, & Courtenay, 2012, p. 3335) “It’s disheartening for frontline nurses and other providers to feel they are not meeting their patients’ needs,” LaFevers said. “Not everyone can go to a pain specialist.”(“Better management needed,” 2014, para. 37)
Chronic pain and its significance in nursing practice
Chronic pain is an individual experience. Nurses face many challenges in helping those who suffer from chronic pain.(Dysvik & Furnes, 2012, p. 187) Pain is the main reason that patients seek healthcare.(Gretarsdottir & Gunnarsdottir, 2011, p. 16) Research shows that over 50% of these patients have suffered pain within 24 hours of seeking medical help.(Gretarsdottir & Gunnarsdottir, 2011, p. 16) An individual nurse may be able to help relieve the patient’s pain during their shift, whereas the next nurse on duty may not be able to provide the needed relief. Nurses working collectively as a team can better manage the effects of chronic pain in patients than a nurse acting alone. The management of pain as a group effort requires nurses’ to have a thorough knowledge of pain theory and the use of the behavioral and cognitive approach.(Dysvik & Furnes, 2012, p. 187)
The expectation of the BSN in chronic pain management
Belonging to a supportive team with clear roles helps in the complex management of chronic pain.(Dysvik & Furnes, 2012, p. 189) The BSN nurse typically assumes the leadership role.(Video Laureate Education, Inc., 2009) The group leader in the management of chronic pain is multifaceted.(Dysvik & Furnes, 2012, p. 189) The BSN must utilize the current research on the management of chronic pain and present this to the group. It is the moral and ethical duty of the BSN to utilize evidenced based practice.(Video Laureate Education, Inc., 2009) They are also the catalyst of change for their group.
Clinical practice guidelines in the management of chronic pain
According to the National Guideline Clearing House, chronic pain management should begin with assessment of the pain, the duration, intensity, description in the patient’s own words, location, onset, quality and duration.(Institute for clinical systems improvement [], 2013) The nurse should also take into consideration the psycho-social factors the chronic pain may influence, such as depression and drug abuse.(ICSI, 2013) The treatment of chronic pain is a mulifactorial group approach led by the physician and nurse leader.(ICSI, 2013) Treatment should be addressed in levels with medications not being the sole focus.(ICSI, 2013) Comprehensive patient assessment algorithms for chronic pain begin with addressing the psycho-social factors. These factors include the patient’s reaction to their pain, their scioeconic status, their support or lack of support system, family history of pain therapies and their cultural and ethnic beliefs on the management of pain. The nurses understanding of the biopsychosocial model helps with the implementation of a pain treatment protocol that will benefit the patient’s long term goals.(ICSI, 2013)
The impact of chronic pain on the patient and the community
The under treatment of pain is a global problem.(Gretarsdottir & Gunnarsdottir, 2011, p. 16) Unresolved treatment of pain can have negative impact on the quality of life, economic productivity and healthcare utilization.(Gretarsdottir & Gunnarsdottir, 2011, p. 16) In 2011 at least 100 million American adults have common chronic pain conditions.(“Relieving pain in America,” 2014, para. 12) Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560- $635 billion annually,( an amount equal to about $2000 dollars for everyone living in the U.S.).(“Relieving pain in America,” 2014, para. 12)
The cost of pain to the healthcare system
In 2008 the cost of pain to the federal and state government for medical expenditures was $99 billion dollars.(“Relieving pain in America,” 2014, para. 13) Analysis from the CDC showed that nearly half a million emergency department visits in 2009 were from people abusing or misusing prescription pain killers.(“Relieving pain in America,” 2014, para. 13)

References
Dysvik, E., & Furnes, B. (2012). Nursing leadership in a chronic pain management group approach [Chronic pain management group approach]. Journal of nursing management, 187-195. http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01377.x
Facts on pain. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.painmed.org/PatientCenter/Facts_on_Pain.aspx#highlights
Gretarsdottir, S., & Gunnarsdottir, E. (2011). Systematic review aimed at nurses to improve pain management [Magazine]. Nordic journal of nursing research and clinical studies, 31(4), 16-21. Retrieved from http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/resultsadvanced?sid=fe778475-dd1f-42b0-9f12-420e94669cc5%40sessionmgr113&vid=9&hid=125&bquery=nurses+to+improve+pain+management&bdata=JmRiPXJ6aCZ0eXBlPTEmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d
Institute for clinical systems improvement. (2013). Assessment and management of chronic pain. Retrieved from http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=47646&search=chronic+pain
Stenner, K., Carey, N., & Courtenay, M. ( 2012, February 9th). Prescribing for pain – how do nurses contribute? A national questionnaire survey [Prescribing for pain]. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(23/24), 3335-3345. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04136.x
The state of pain-better management needed. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.theamericannurse.org/index.php/2014/01/02/the-state-of-pain/
Video Laureate Education, Inc. (2009, ). Research and scholarship for evidence-based practice: Introduction to evidence-based practice and research [Video file]. Retrieved from


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Evidenced Based Practice as a Change Agent

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Evidenced based practice as a change agent
nancy kimmel
November 4, 2014

Evidenced based practice as a change agent
Researching as a Team
Change begins with acknowledging a common problem and having the curiosity to research that problem in hopes of finding documented solutions(Schmidt & Brown, 2012). The BSN nurse is trained to be the agent of change(Video Laureate Education, Inc., 2009). The change agent should encourage nursing staff to participate in research regarding the problem at hand. This helps with building the teamwork ethic among staff. Assessing the literature requires a keen eye for gaps. Gaps, are what is known about a problem or if that problem has not been thoroughly tested(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 69). Gaps also occur when there is only one or two case studies regarding a problem, insufficient information or lack of proven results(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 69). For instance, a single study that only incorporates 50 test subjects, regardless of the strength of the statistical results is not sufficient evidence for evidenced based practice to be implemented. On the other hand, 20 or more similar case studies with strong statistical evidence to support the research question, would allow one to generalize the findings to a wider population(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 69).
Practical Transition
Finding a solution to a problem as a group is a euphoric experience. However, taking that solution and putting into practice is a different matter. There are many pitfalls to the implementation of any new ideas or practice theories. Suppose the change that will take place requires a special device. This device costs money. The question is, will the hospital provide the financing for such equipment or supplies? All new protocol must be documented on the floors policy and procedure manual which utilization review must first approve. Hence, the red tape.
The Iowa Model for EBP (Evidenced Based Practice) is a systematic method for organizational change(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 390) The Iowa Model diagrams the necessary steps to incorporate EBP in promoting better health care(Schmidt & Brown, 2012). The model provides a series of logical steps that assist the change agent in the decision making process.
Common Errors and Pitfalls
Not everyone is on the same page. The change agent should be sensitive to the fact that some nurses have no desire to engage in research, nor implement new care skills(Schmidt & Brown, 2012). Complex statistical evaluation and knowledge diffusion poses barriers to most practical nurses(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 396). Change is a process that creates an alteration in a person or the environment(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 397). While there is no exact answer how to implement change, theorists have suggested that preparation should be the first step(Schmidt & Brown, 2012). Beginning a journal club helps to engage others and encourages participation(Schmidt & Brown, 2012). The disciplined clinical inquiry model is helpful in structuring the journal club, by empowering nurses in clinical practice to consider the patient, clinical setting and resources(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 399). Kotter’s eight change phases model is simple in design and begins with establishing a sense of urgency(Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 407).
Summary
While there is no one model fits all, the change agent should be aware of the important role they play in advocating change. Finding solutions to promoting better health care and positive patient outcomes is a responsibility of every nurse. Some nurses find that this is too much of a burden to bear in the context of their daily routines. Therefore the change agent needs to help with facilitating the process through preparation, empowerment of their staff nurses, encouragement and communication. Identification in the gaps of patient care is a team effort and all teams need a leader.

References
Huston, C. J. (2014). Collective Bargaining and the Professional Nurse. In Profesional issues in nursing challenges & opportunities (3rd ed., pp. 19-23. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a Wolters Kluwer business.
Schmidt, N. A., & Brown, J. M. (2012). Evidence-based practice for Nurses appraisal and application of research (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning .
Video Laureate Education, Inc. (2009, ). Research and scholarship for evidence-based practice: Introduction to evidence-based practice and research [Video file]. Retrieved from


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Critical Thinking in Nursing

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nancy kimmel
September 30, 2014

Critical Thinking in Nursing

As a new nurse, I remember how frightened I was that someone would die do my lack of experience or a poor judgment call. I will never forget my one instructor who said, “You will make a medication error at some point in your nursing career.” That statement shook me to the core. How could that happen? During my orientation on the medical/surgical step down unit, I witnessed nurses nonchalantly switching out I.V. bags of different solutions without first checking the drugs compatibility. What if one of those medications causes a precipitate to form in the line? Then what? Someone could die of an embolism!
Soon I was on my own shift with my own patient load. The fears that plagued me during nursing school did not magically disappear, but instead became magnified. I was a nervous wreck. How did these other nurses manage their patient load with such grace under pressure? When would this ominous fear of doing something wrong let up? For me, it never did. The delicate balance between life and death based on a decision or action is what kept me sharp. Eventually I was able to display a calm exterior while internally; I was ready to react at the slightest change in my patient’s condition. There were no cutting corners. I know that sounds crazy. Obviously, when there were no washcloths we had to use towels, or sometimes we had to make do with what supplies were on the floor. Did I ever deliberately cut a corner just to save time? The answer is no. Everything that I do is for my patient. Even the smallest action of making a toe pleat in the bed or mitering a corner was a action of respect for the patient in that bed.
Nursing school prepared me with critical thinking skills. As my experience as nurse progressed, I became better at assessing a patient’s condition. I would not say that I became an expert according to Benner’s Stages of Critical Competence.(Benner, 2011, para. 5)
Making a competent clinical decision is not based on just one lab result or a patient’s symptoms. The personality traits of going above and beyond, taking risks and deliberate practice seem to be the traits that make an expert nurse.(Kaminski, 2010, p. 967)
Benner’s Stages(Benner, 2011, table 1) verified that I have much to learn. I am looking forward to learning more about evidenced based practice and the critical thinking skills necessary in advanced practice nursing.
Advanced Practice Nurses have the responsibility of providing and documenting research on evidenced based practice for the nursing profession as a whole. Nursing continues to develop and progress into a clinical science. This development is due to the efforts of those nurses who understand the dynamics of change in the role of the nurse in today’s society.

References
Benner, P. (2011, December 20). “Staged” Models of Skills Acquisition. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Retrieved from http://www.umdnj.edu/idsweb/idst5340/models_skills_acquisition.htm
Kaminski, J. (2010). Theory applied to Informatics- Novice to Expert. Retrieved from http://cjni.net/journal/?p=967


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