WEEK 6 Nursing Gains Visibility (graded) Ever since the introduction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) refusal of payment for hospital-acquired poor outcomes, nursing has gained visibility because these outcomes are nurse sensitive. Locate an article or website that refers to these nurse-sensitive outcomes and describe its findings. Alarms—What Do the Data Show? (graded) The repeated sound of an alarm can be annoying to the patient, family, and staff. This can lead to someone shutting off the alarm. Give an example of an ethical or legal issue that may arise if a patient has a poor outcome or sentinel event because an alarm was turned off. What do the data show about the value of alarms in general? Is alarm fatigue an issue? WEEK 7 Use of Personal Communication Devices in Patient Care Settings (graded) How can the use of the nurse’s personal communication devices impact patient care either positively or negatively? Are there ethical and legal implications? Locate an article and share a brief summary of that article with your classmates. Safe Nursing Care: Is There an App for That? (graded) Andrea was working in the cardiac catheterization lab when a young woman undergoing a cardiac ablation started to have small seizures. The nurse noticed these symptoms and asked the physician to look at the patient. The physician asked Andrea to get his smart phone and film the seizures. This video message was sent to a neurologist, and he could tell from the video the part of the brain from which the seizures were emanating. This is one example of using technology. Does this count as safe care? Is there an app for that? If you could develop an app to enhance safe nursing care, what would it be like? WEEK 8 Reflective and Projected Practice (graded) Prior to posting, complete the Week 8 AACN Essentials Self-Assessment located in Doc Sharing. Compare your scores from Week 1 to Week 8. How far have you come? How much further do you wish to go in furthering your competencies during the next 2 years of practice?
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