Staffing and Quality of Care in a Healthcare Facility
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The paper discusses the crisis today in the standards, quality and ethics of the American healthcare system and argues that it is extremely important for a medical facility to retain a lucid and clearly defined code of ethics, behavior and penalties to which nurses can refer in pressurized situations. This author uses her personal experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) at a local emergency room facility to demonstrate the correlation between a well-defined code of ethics and the quality of treatment at the hospital. The author describes how in her facility, recruitment, retention, advancement and leadership all center on an ethically grounded orientation that favors high levels of patient-nurse interaction and the delegation of responsibilities according to the unique skill sets available to individual nurses. The author concludes that this illustrates how the quality and ethics of care at a healthcare facility may be based as much on the proper staffing distribution of personnel as on the qualifications of said personnel.
From the Paper:"The nursing profession is profoundly challenging. Characterized by long hours, high levels of workplace stress and the need to make crucial decisions the implications of which will have significant bearings on the well-being of others, nursing requires a great deal of individual skill and organizational dexterity. This is the reason for the development of the multitude of professional organizations which function as a centering point for the nursing field as a whole. Such groups as the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) help to provide support, networking accessibility, information and continuing professional development to those already in the nursing field, at the practitioner and administrative level respectively. Additionally, such groups as the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) and the National League of Nurses (NLN) serve in these same capacities on behalf of those students on the educational path to nursing and on those who provide them with education respectively. This collection of professional associations is designed to establish a place of reference in the various phases and roles reflected by the broader nursing profession, benefiting members by helping them to sustain and improve practices and benefiting the broader healthcare system by providing support for a more consistent and higher quality of care."
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- ANA. (2004). The Nurses Code of Ethics. The Center for Ethics and Human Rights.
- College of Allied Health Services (CAHS). (2010). STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE. Ferris State University.
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