THE NURSE`S ROLE IN ORGANIZATIONS
Nursesin today’s health care organizations play critical roles in theorganizations’ decision making processes. Strategic agendas of manyorganizations today (Masters,2014)have recognized the important roles that the nurses play, and hencethey have been included in the activities that will see theorganizations meet their goals and agendas over the long term period.The purpose of this paper is to help answering the questions on therole of nurses in ensuring the medical services of the organizationare delivered successfully and how they contribute to the strategicagendas of the organization.
THEIMPORTANT GUIDING QUESTIONS
Whatare the skills and expertise needed from a nurse in order toeffectively treat the patients? Is there any research needed to bedone by the nurses in order to improve their skills on treatment? Isthere any supervision needed from the nurses to ensure smooth andsuccessful treatment processes? Are the nurses allowed to take partin the development of the organization agendas? What kind of agendaand goals does the organization have to be achieved? What ways do thenurses help in preventing the organization from experiencingunconducive situations in matters concerning medicine like deliveryof poor health care services?
Thequality manager at the Mercy Medical Center organization wasinterviewed. He is the one concerned with ensuring that quality ofhealth care services are delivered to the patients which is one ofthe main strategic agendas of the organization. The manager isconcerned with ensuring total quality improvement of the health careservices and has a lot of experience and skills in the field ofmedicine. He is a person of high integrity and welcoming and he isable to share information that is relevant for both external andinternal stakeholders. In interviewing him, the following resultswere obtained from his view in relation to the impact of the role ofthe nurses towards the achievement of the organization agenda:
Toobtain or maintain magnet status, the nurses are involved inconducting research activities so as to help in the improvement ofthe health care practices and better patient outcomes with an aim ofattaining the status of magnet or the required standards of nursingservice delivery(Marquis & Huston, 2009). Theyact as caregivers in the hospital and hence play an important role inthe provision of quality care to the patients. They (Rosdahl& Kowalski, 2008)have deep evidence based knowledge of heath care they provide to thepatients which are useful in obtaining and maintaining qualitystandards and the health care effectives of the organization.
Thenurses take part in coordination of care and work together with otherhealthcare professionals in ensuring that quality healthcare servicesare delivered. They ensure that all the programs towards thetreatment of patients are coordinated so that consultations areenhanced amongst various specialists in the health care facility inorder to better treat the patient. In ensuring proper health careoutcome for the patient, the nurses are involved in the provision ofhealth promotion they work close with the patients by offeringguidance and counseling to them and education programs so that thepatients are advised on the hygienic conditions and how to livehealthy (Carpenito,2010).
Thefinal result of this move is to improve the quality of life of thepatients and help them recover by means of encouragement other thandrug administration. The nurses have the responsibility of directingand supervising the delivery of care by other medical personnel orproviders such as LPNs to ensure the quality of medical serviceswhich are acceptable and harmless (Sullivan-Marx,2010).
Theclinical outcomes help the organization achieve its strategic agendasby: Improving the quality of health care services Adhering to thestandards set by the world healthcare organization such as the typesof drugs administered Helps the organization achieve the magnetstatus Keeping conducive environment in the organization which isfree from spread of diseases from the infected to the uninfectedReducing the health care costs while maintaining high value of themedical services (Zeiger,2011) .
MYAPPROACHES AND THE CHANGES IN NURSING PRACTICE
Iwill be conducting thorough research activities on nursing in orderto acquire more knowledge on the provision of medical services to thepatients, use of evidence based practice in nursing. I will thereforechange traditional methods of treatment administration that have beendepending on the judgment and general opinions of the nurses ratherthan being objective and use evidence. I will also change theselection criteria of the nurses in the organization by includingmore requirements on the job description when hiring nurses such asthose related to quality skills in order to maintain and improve thequality level of the service of the organization.
Iwill approach the treatment administration by first conductingguidance and counseling to the patient and do a detailed examinationabout the disease or the illness. I will change the procedure of thedecision making process in order to allow the views and thecontributions of the nurses to be considered in making andimplementing the strategic agendas. I will be delivering myhealthcare services with an aim of achieving the organization’sagenda through ensuring quality healthcare that are in accordance tosome specific standards, for example the accepted description ofdrugs.
Today,nurses contribute in achieving the strategic agendas of theorganization through quality health care services that they offer tothe patients as a result of the application of the evidence basednursing practice. Some of the strategic agendas that the organizationis aim at are: achieving magnet status and maintaining value to themedical services. Nurses act as caregivers in the organization andpromote the coordination of activities in the health careorganization in order to fasten the patient treatment process.
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