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Running head: WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR PATIENTS?

What do you feel you contribute to your patients?

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What do you feel you contribute to your patients?

I have a considerable experience in clinical practice. I have been involve din a range of

areas within the nursing field. In the course of doing so, I have been influential in assisting the

patients to achieve optimized health outcomes. There are a diverse range of attributions that has

helped me to develop such a capacity (Courtney & McCutcheon, 2010). Foremost, I have always

assured my patients about proper and complete care regardless of the medical condition or

situation in question. At some point of time, a patient was admitted to my health facility, having

diagnosed with cancer. I was mandated with the role of administering nursing care and services

to this patient. I could note that the patient had still not come into terms with her medical

situation. He would ask me whether I perceived that she would get better (Blazer, 008).

However, I would assure him that he was under the best care facility and that there were

competent and qualified physicians who would attend to him. On top of this, I told the facility

would continue monitoring his health, since it was committed towards ensuring the well-being of

all people in the society. This assurance was especially fundamental to the patient’s recovery. It

helped him to anticipate treatment. Indeed, as the physician that was attending to him reported,

the patient recovered unexpectedly fast.

Besides, I I feel that have always ensured that the patients are not harmed. I am well

aware that there is a high potential of unaffected patients, who have been admitted, to contract

infections. Infectious agents such as bacteria as it was discussed by Barton (2009) can easily be

communicated through a diverse range of agents. The nurse clothing is one of such agents. As a

nurse, I attend to many patients, shifting from one client to another. In accordance with the

Nursing and Midwifery board, I tend to recognize that I can easily inflict harm to almost

recovering patients (Barton, 2009). I can potentially introduce another disease or infection to
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such a patient, which can in turn prolong hospital stays, or even worse, lead to deaths. To avoid

this, I strive to apply daily infection control practices. I often recognize and apply evidence-

based procedures in order to prevent new infections and at the same time, protect the health of

the other medical staff. I perform, monitor, and assure compliance with what Barton (2009) calls

ascetic work practices. On top of this, I anticipate for knowledgeable collaborative oversight on

decontamination. All these play an important role as I am always able to prevent the transmission

of microorganisms to the clients (Daly, Speedy & Jackson, 2010). These efforts have also been

essential as they ensure that the patients are able to recover completely, without having to

undergo other diagnosis.

Still, throughout my clinical practice, I feel that I have contributed towards assisting the

patients to select the treatment program that he or she sees as the most appropriate and then work

with them towards recovery. The Nursing and Midwifery Board reports that it is the duty of a

nursing practitioner to perform nursing interventions following a comprehensive, as well as,

accurate assessment (NMBA, 2013). In the medical facility in which I work, I collaboratively

associate with the physicians. I am always there when tests are being conducted and go through

the physician reports, including the recommendations, with keen and a great focus. With this, I

am often able to identify the range of interventions that the patient should be subjected to. I then

inform him or her about the benefits and the drawbacks of each method (Courtney &

McCutcheon, 2010). With this information, I then leave the patient to select the intervention that

he or she prefers. Following this, we then work with the client hand in hand throughout the

course of the treatment plan. Adopting such a course makes the patient perceive that he or she is

managing their own care. As a result, a patient feels contended and is motivated to fulfill all the

requirements mandated by the program. According to Blazer (2008), where a nurse takes
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ownership of a treatment program, it is highly possible that the patient will not render utmost

interest and commitment. Indeed, it is likely that a patient might not complete a dose, which is

detrimental to care delivery. However, with patient-centered care, I am usually able to provide

optimized care characterized by effective outcomes.

From this analysis, it is evident that my nursing practice has been patient-oriented. I have

shown a range of attributes, which are geared towards helping the patient recover from his or her

medical condition more comprehensively. I have been acting in accordance with the provisions

set out by the Nursing and Midwifery board. What this means is that I have over the years

become a better nurse and a more complete practitioner. Most importantly, I have been able to

contribute immensely towards the delivery of effective care. I anticipate continuing with such a

career path, going into the future.


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References

Barton, A. (2009). Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. AORN

Journal, 90(4), 601-602.

Blazer, D. G. (2008). How do you feel about…? Health outcomes in late life and self-perceptions of

health and well-being. The Gerontologist, 48(4), 415-422.

Courtney, M., & McCutcheon, H. (2010). Using evidence to guide nursing practice.(2nd ed.)

Chatswood: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

Daly, J., Speedy, S., & Jackson, D. (Eds) (2010). Contexts of nursing: An introduction. (3rd. ed.).

Sydney: Churchill Livingstone /Elsevier.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2013). Codes and guidelines. Retrieved from

http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Codes-

Guidelines.aspx