Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Online Educational Certificate Program’

Community Health and Public Health Nursing

December 5, 2011

I progressed in the program Community and Public Health Nursing, I could understand the significance of relating the total package including healthcare informatics. Each and every component is vital to the Community Health Nurse. During the last module I was able to finally connect it altogether. From patient education to physical assessment I am now prepared to use the tools and relate them in the CPHN perspective. This course has been challenging to complete when you work full time and are not in a structured environment, however I am extremely proud to be nearing the finish line and am competent to now work as a Community Health Nurse.

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Medication Errors

September 29, 2011

I am a Chronic Care Coordinator and partner with Primary Care Providers in chronic care management. Our patients have multiple chronic medical conditions. This care team provides care for patients ranging in age from 18- 75. We facilitate transitions of care between departments and external providers. Patient education is promoted for self care management. Care Coordinators review charts on patients who recently were discharged from hospital and who are in need of a telephonic hospital outreach. This outreach call helps the patient coordinate a medication care plan. A review of their medications upon discharge is verified and the medications they were instructed to stop. However, what we often find is that patients have not been given the correct names of medications or the patient gave the medical staff the correct name but the wrong time frame they have been taking the medication. Frequently the patients have failed to mention over the counter herbal medications that interfere with the reaction for many drugs. Patient education regarding their medications should cover questions as to purpose, dose, and administration time. Pending the outcome of the review we may find different compliance’s that may hinder them taking their medications with factors such as vision, education and finances. A referral to a home care service visit by a RN or an additional office visit for further education regarding medication management, screening for cognitive ability and depression, greatly increases prescription effectiveness.


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Technology Skills and Clinical Knowledge

September 23, 2011

Our nursing program is in the process of applying to become a degree-granting program. We are currently a diploma program. One of the needs we have identified is for courses (especially those that don’t require a clinical component) to be offered online. We are in the process of developing our curriculum and have identified at least five courses that we will start with as online courses. This presents the challenge of writing those courses so that they can be online. Not many of the current faculty has that skill. I have been taking courses online myself, but am not sure that I would be able or qualified to teach an online course. With the end of the nursing shortage nowhere in sight, the convenience of online courses will help. This presents another problem in that there is a shortage of nursing instructors and probably a shortage of instructors that are techno savvy. Schools need to make sure that their faculty has both the technological skills as well as the clinical knowledge.

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New baby

September 13, 2011

Content by Donny Vinson

I am now the proud mother of a beautiful baby girl. She is the most precious thing I have ever held in my entire life. Sometimes I find myself watching her sleep and thinking how peaceful she looks. When she first came, I didn’t know what I was going to do. There was no way I could afford a baby. I was starting to feel my debt downing me before I had a baby. What was I going to do with an added person? After many sleepless nights, I started thinking of anything and everything I could do. I needed to save money in every place I could. I learned how to coupon and save on groceries. I would also be able to save on diapers and formula with coupons. I found lower New york energy rates. I even cut back on my television channel package. I honestly feel that I have a good grip on my saving and spending and I am going to be able to provide a wonderful home for my little one. Life is good!

Patient Education Essential to Recovery

August 17, 2011

The nurse’s role in patient education cannot be more important. From the time a patient is admitted until the time they are discharged, the nurse caring for each patient need to be teaching 24/7. Having a patient educator is a waste of money in my opinion. This is one of the roles of the nurse. He/she should be constantly teaching their patient. The nurses are the ones taking care of the patient and know exactly what each patient needs. When a situation or opportunity arises, nurses need to take full advantage of it. Computer documentation can help track what has been taught. We all know that the patients need to hear this information multiple times in order to fully comprehend it. Patients are discharged quickly from the hospitals these days. Nurses need to take patient education to the next level by evaluating their teaching. Just telling or showing a patient something isn’t enough. Have the patient return demonstrate or verbalize what they now understand. Patient education is an integral part of nursing care and one of the most important things we do for our patients.

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Ethics, comment

November 18, 2010

As an emergency room nurse issues dealing with ethics occurs every day.  Doctors who prescribe pain medications through the ER to patients who are “frequent flyers” several times a week with various complaints are enablers.  We now can access a patients prescription history on line to see if multiple prescriptions are being written but doctors have to take the time to use it.  Reporting doctors to our director has helped but we have a long way to go.  This is very frustrating from a nursing stand point.

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December 28, 2009

Title: Ethics, comment

Review of Health Care Informatics, An Interdisciplinary Approach by Englebardt and Nelson.

Ethical dilemmas in the workplace can be a very difficult situation to deal with as a nurse. We are often put in the position to be the patient’s advocate and that can be a very tough place to be for the nurse. I, too, have been in a situation where my doctor made a decision on an occupational drug test that was clearly unethical. I had to go to our Medical Director to get advice and when he became involved, the original doctor became very upset. However, that being said, I did the right thing and the outcome was correct. It is very difficulty to make a decision to “go over the doctor’s head” but I was being ethical and I slept much better because I had done it. Unlike the previous poster, the doctor did not understand even after much discussion.

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May 18, 2009
Title: Ethics
Really enjoyed the chapter on ethics from my textbook in Dr. Johnson’s class; I was lucky enough to attend a 2 day seminar in Ottawa that was mostly focused on ethical dilemma’s in the workplace. We presented different scenario’s which were really useful for future guidance. Of particular interest was the Nurse-Doctor relationship; when to step out of bounds as a patient advocate. We are often faced with difficult decisions regarding treatment of our pts. Do we agree or disagree with what the Dr. has prescribed? In one case I knew if I followed through on the treatment plan that the pt. could suffer undue harm therefore I was left with no choice but to report the problem to a senior medical advisor. It caused an uncomfortable situation for the Dr., and myself however after much discussion he was able to understand I was only acting on behalf of the pt. The chapter really gave me some knowledge of how to handle these situations.

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