Throughout the Professional Capstone and Practicum course, I have had the opportunity to immerse myself in various clinical experiences as a telemetry nurse at an acute hospital. This reflective journal aims to highlight the knowledge and skills I have gained, focusing on the following aspects: new practice approaches, interprofessional collaboration, health care delivery and clinical systems, ethical considerations in health care, culturally sensitive care, population health concerns, the role of technology in improving outcomes, health policy, and leadership and economic models. I will also examine my personal strengths and weaknesses, identify resources and abilities that can influence optimal outcomes, and discuss how I meet the competencies aligned with this course.
New Practice Approaches
During my clinical experiences, I have been exposed to new practice approaches that prioritize evidence-based care. Engaging in continuous learning and staying updated on the latest advancements in nursing practice have been vital to implementing these approaches effectively. Integrating evidence-based protocols in my daily practice has improved patient outcomes and enhanced my critical thinking skills (Davies, 2021).
Collaboration with health care teams has been instrumental in providing safe and effective care. Engaging in open communication with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, therapists, and social workers, has allowed for comprehensive patient care (Mitchell et al., 2020). Interprofessional rounds and huddles have facilitated efficient care coordination and streamlined patient management.
Health Care Delivery and Clinical Systems
My experience in the acute hospital setting has exposed me to various clinical systems and patient care technologies. Utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) and bedside monitoring systems has improved patient documentation and allowed for real-time data analysis (Kowitlawakul et al., 2022). Adapting to and embracing technology have been essential in enhancing health care delivery.
Ethical Considerations in Health Care
I have encountered numerous ethical dilemmas during my clinical experiences. Balancing patient autonomy, beneficence, and non-maleficence has been challenging in certain situations (Truog et al., 2019). Engaging in ethical reasoning and seeking guidance from the hospital’s ethics committee have helped me navigate these complex situations while preserving patient dignity and rights.
Practices of Culturally Sensitive Care and Ensuring the Integrity of Human Dignity in the Care of all Patients
As a nurse, I understand the significance of culturally sensitive care. Recognizing and respecting patients’ cultural beliefs and practices have fostered trust and improved patient satisfaction (Carter-Pokras & Baquet, 2021). Treating every patient with compassion and ensuring the integrity of their human dignity is at the core of nursing practice.
Population Health Concerns and Health Disparities
Working in an acute hospital setting has exposed me to various population health concerns and health disparities. Addressing social determinants of health and advocating for equitable access to care have been essential in providing patient-centered care (Gebbie et al., 2018). Understanding the impact of socioeconomic factors on health outcomes has motivated me to engage in community health initiatives.
The Role of Technology in Improving Health Care Outcomes
The integration of technology in healthcare has significantly impacted patient outcomes. From telehealth services to remote monitoring, technology has enhanced patient care and improved accessibility to healthcare services (Dharamsi & Pratt, 2019). Embracing these technological advancements has been crucial in delivering quality care.
Understanding health policies and their implications for patient care is essential for nurse leaders. Participating in policy discussions and advocating for evidence-based policies have empowered me to be a proactive agent of change (Milstead & Short, 2019). Engaging in policy development and implementation aligns with my commitment to promoting patient well-being.
Leadership and Economic Models
As a telemetry nurse, I recognize the importance of effective leadership and economic models in optimizing patient care. Strong leadership skills, such as communication and decision-making, have contributed to a positive work environment and enhanced patient outcomes (Wong et al., 2018). Additionally, understanding the economic aspects of healthcare has helped me recognize the importance of resource allocation and cost-effective practices.
The Professional Capstone and Practicum course have provided me with valuable insights into nursing practice, interprofessional collaboration, and ethical considerations. By embracing evidence-based practice, staying updated with technology, and fostering cultural sensitivity, I have been able to provide patient-centered care while preserving human dignity. Understanding health policies and economic models have empowered me to advocate for optimal patient outcomes. Through continuous self-reflection and lifelong learning, I aim to further develop my leadership skills and contribute to the advancement of nursing practice.
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