Assignments written for this class include “Nursing Interventions and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing,” “Applying Ethics,” as well as “Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence.” By completing these assignments, I have been able to meet some BSN program outcomes. This reflection focuses on how each assignment supports one or more BSN program outcome and what I learned while completing the assignments.
The “Nursing Interventions and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing” assignment explores the relationship between nursing interventions to certain evidence-based practice and the nursing process at large. The program outcome supported by this assignment is that where learners are able to showcase their capability to use critical thinking skills while leveraging current nursing knowledge alongside evidence-based practice in day-to-day decisions in the clinical context. The assignment talks about the need for evidence-based practice in specific nursing interventions such as infection control and measuring pressure noninvasively in children (Kim et al., 2017). With regard to infection control, evidence-based practices are such as assessing, monitoring, and optimizing cardiac output. In the measurement of blood pressure noninvasively in children, the use of evidence-based practice is important and evident in the comparison of measurements with data gathered using the oscillometric method. The assignment points to how important it is for nurses to use critical thinking skills in integrating current nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice in day-to-day nursing decisions.
“Applying Ethic” assignment underlines the need for nurses to apply ethics in their engagements and interactions with patients. This assignment meets two BSN program outcomes. One outcome met is that expecting that learners, while designing, implementing, evaluating, and managing healthcare throughout the lifespan, will leverage human diversity and ethical knowledge as well as client-focused care. According to the assignment, one way of ethically engaging or interacting with the patient is through effective communication. Nurses must focus on ethically engaging and interacting with patients for positive outcomes (Chadwick & Gallagher, 2016). The assignment’s emphasis on effective communication by nurses relates to the third BSN program where learners are expected to illustrate their use of effective communication in the identification, management, as well as knowledge exchange with other stakeholders in the healthcare context. It is through effective communication that nurses can understand the problems faced by a patient. Competency in communication skills also enables nurses to work effectively with their colleagues and other professionals in the nursing context.
“Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence” assignment reiterates the need for nurses to consider cultural diversity and cultural competence when delivering care to patients. Nurses deal with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Thus, nurses should expect to handle different problems or issues of patients based on the diversity. This assignment thus relates to the second BSN program outcome expecting learners to leverage knowledge of human diversity, as well as ethics and client-focused care while designing, implementing, evaluating, and managing healthcare throughout the lifespan. To ensure positive patient and overall nursing care outcomes, nurses must take into account the aspect of human diversity. By considering the aspect of human diversity, nurses can eliminate the unconscious bias when handling patients (Bucknor-Ferron & Zagaja, 2016). A major challenge for nurses in their day-to-day operations is the role played by unconscious bias. Unconscious bias interferes with the attention and quality of care delivered to patients. There is a need for nurses to eliminate this type of bias.
What is learned while completing the above assignments is the importance of evidence-based practice in the nursing context, the importance of effective communication with patients and other staff in the care setting, and the need to acknowledge cultural and human diversity. These prospects are integral to the delivery of quality nursing care.
Bucknor-Ferron, P., & Zagaja, L. (2016). Five strategies to combat unconscious bias. Nursing2019, 46(11), 61-62. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NURSE.0000490226.81218.6c
Chadwick, R., & Gallagher, A. (2016). Ethics and nursing practice. Macmillan International Higher Education.
Kim, S., Jeong, S. H., Lee, M. H., & Kim, H. K. (2017). Importance, performance and rates of nurse performance of nursing interventions in long-term care hospitals. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing Administration, 359-372. https://doi.org/10.11111/jkana.2017.23.4.359