RTT1 Task 1
Western Governors University
RTT1 Task 1
The nursing profession is ever-changing. We are constantly researching best practice methods and altering our care practices to fit the latest research findings. The scenario presented for this assignment is a tragic example of disorganized, poorly managed nursing care. In the scenario, best practice was not the priority of the nurse. The purpose of this task is to acknowledge the issues presented, determine how these issues can be recorded and tracked, analyze how improvements can be made, and to identify the resources a nursing supervisor should seek out in order to make those improvements.
A. Understanding Nursing-Sensitive Indicators
According to the American Nurses Association, “nursing-sensitive indicators reflect the structure, process and outcomes of nursing care” (Nursing Sensitive Indicators, 2015). The structure of nursing care refers to the amount of nursing staff available and nursing skill level, training, and education requirements (Nursing Sensitive Indicators, 2015). The nursing process indicators refer to the measurements of specific nursing care duties including assessment processes, findings and interventions being used in the care setting (Nursing Sensitive Indicators, 2015). Lastly, the outcome of nursing care refers to the patient’s clinical outcome in relation to the care they received (Nursing Sensitive Indicators, 2015). For example, if a nurse used interventions such as turning patients every two hours for those patients at high risk for pressure ulcers, the outcome would be the incidence of pressure ulcers after that particular turning schedule was implemented as an intervention.
Nursing-sensitive indicators address several different areas of the nursing practice such as workload safety, staff satisfaction, patient falls, surgical complications, length of hospital stay, etc. The list goes on. All of the nursing-sensitive indicators have a direct relation to...