Nurses share what their personal and institutional patient care plans are for 2011, and how those goals will affect patient care.
From obtaining new certifications to taking the time to listen to and interact with those under their care, nurses focus on the bedside to take their practice to a whole new level. For more nurses resolutions, visit Nurse.com and click on the Regions tab to read 2011 care plans from nurses across the nation.
Lee Anne Young, RN, BSN, CPN, progressive care unit, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Nursing is a second career for me. I remember when I first started how new and intimidating everything seemed the trachs, ventilators and everything involved in the care of the medically complex, technologically dependent children here on our unit.
Now that Ive entered my fourth year as a nurse, things are a lot less daunting. But I dont want my increasing sense of comfort to take the spark out of my practice and allow me to become complacent. Therefore, my resolution is for my practice to stay fresh and innovative. I want to approach each patient with an open mind and open eyes, practicing with a questioning attitude and identifying opportunities for improved safety and outcomes.
Above all, I want to remain engaged and enthusiastic in the nursing process and bring the same level of energy and commitment to my patients that I did when I first started on the unit.Eileen Zebrowski, RN
Eileen Zebrowski, RN, ASN, LSW, MSW, long-term care nurse, Holy Redeemer Lafayette, Philadelphia
As I reflect on my first year of nursing after many years as director of the Redeemer Ministry Corps, it is a privilege to work with the elderly in the short-term rehab unit. My focus this year is to continue to provide holistic care to patients and to extend it to their families, as well. My role is to meet them all at wherever they are in lifes journey to listen to my patients and families concerns about changes in medical conditions and independence and to encourage them both to take the next steps. They share their physical questions and their social, spiritual and life stories. I give them hope that they can reach their goals. For 2011, I resolve to build upon and enhance my clinical skills, continue to provide the care and comfort that patients need and deserve, and continue to build teamwork and lead by example.
Lynn J. Stott, RN, CMSRN, Kennedy University Hospital, Stratford, N.J.
My resolutions for patient care in 2011 are to always focus on each patients personal health issues, and what stressors and needs they have as individuals; to go beyond the physical assessment, always listen to their concerns and questions, and efficiently act on them; strive to educate patients and families about medications, procedures and follow-up care to ensure each patient will succeed at home and eliminate repeat admissions; always offer encouragement to my patients, along with addressing patients by name, using good eye contact and showing each person compassion to enhance the healing process; and to make a positive difference in nursing care each day through consistent evaluation, education and encouragement.
Tanika Beatty, RN-BC, clinical coordinator, med/surg A+D wing, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (N.J.)
My New Years resolutions for patient care in 2011 will focus on safety and education. I resolve to provide safe and quality care for all my patients. I will advocate for patient safety and teach my patients to participate in their safety because it is a collaborative effort. I will ensure my patients are always correctly identified before any test or treatment and keep them free from injury by preventing harms, such as medication errors and falls. According to the Institute of Medicine, almost half of all Americans do not understand the meaning of health terms or how to use the information that is given to them by their healthcare providers. This needs to change. This means educating my patients on the importance of asking questions about their care, as well as keeping them informed. Given the recent changes set forth by national healthcare reform legislation, I will provide individualized care plans that include the patient as a whole person mind, body and spirit.
Joan Gibson, RN, BSN, staff nurse, 9 West (orthopedics unit), Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
Before each shift I have worked for 28 years, I say this fervent prayer, Please dont let anything I do cause anyone any harm. I make an earnest effort to carefully assess patients, double-check medications, practice patient advocacy and be vigilant for changes in a vital sign or mental status. I strive to do it with kindness and a smattering of humor. I make an earnest effort to do my best, but I am imperfect. Despite my Herculean effort, I fall short or stumble. I am disheartened. Was all the good I just did negated? So, my resolution for 2011 for myself (and perhaps for all nurses) is to celebrate our accomplishments. Be proud of the sometimes daunting job that we mostly do quite well. Forgive ourselves our human imperfections, but remain firmly planted in the mindset of the petition to not let anything we do cause anyone any harm.
Mike Heck, RN, BSN, infection preventionist, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, N.J.
I recently read a thank you letter from a patients son regarding his fathers care at AtlantiCare. The son explained how each staff member he came into contact with at the medical center helped in his or her own special way. From the valet attendant to the nurse who sat and spoke with the family, the writer detailed how much he was touched by the caring of the AtlantiCare staff and how much of a difference it made for his family. From time to time, we all wonder about the importance of what we do, if anyone notices, or if we really make any difference at all. That letter clarified those questions to me and renewed my pride for what we do every day. My 2011 patient care resolution is to go the extra step in whatever Im doing at that time to help make a difference for someone, because thats what were all here for.