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.
Amanda Duvall, RN, BSN, ED nurse Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie, Md.
As an ED nurse, I interact and care for a large number of people and have a unique opportunity to impact lives in a variety of ways.
In 2011, my goals are going to extend beyond providing this treatment and will be focused toward educating patients in a variety of ways. As a nurse, my job as a teacher is just as important, if not more important, than the nursing skills I carry out from day to day. Current education and discharge instructions deal with patients needs once they leave the ED. For 2011, my education efforts will extend to preventive maintenance and teaching patients and family members how to become a valuable asset of their healthcare team. I plan to promote the importance of having documentation of medication and health history that is easily accessible, and delegating a family member as an advocate. I also want to serve as an advocate for patients, help them understand they are just as important as the physicians and nurses who care for them, encourage them to ask questions, and promote prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.Amanda Icenroad, RN
Amanda Icenroad, RN, BSN, ED nurse, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore
I would like to focus on educating my patients in the ED during their entire treatment period. As an ED nurse, a large portion of our education is done on the fly. I think we could promote wellness and alleviate concerns for the patients when they return home with a more thorough education experience. Its all about taking an extra minute. As patient satisfaction is a high priority, I want to remember that even the little things we do for our patients can make a huge difference. Most importantly, I want to resolve to get back to the basics and remember why I came into the nursing profession. With an ever-changing healthcare system and a growing to-do list, I hope I can continue to grow as a nurse and remember that patients always come first.
Emily Kruse, RN, BSN, PACU, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
My resolutions for patient care in 2011 are to: improve hand-hygiene compliance amongvisitors and employees; integrate current evidence-based research into the care of PACU patients; participate in and promote volunteer activities; promote effective handoff communication between healthcare providers, including RNs, MDs, PCTs and additional medical support staff; expand family-centered education by focusing on prevention and optimizing healing; encourage an atmosphere that thrives on being a part of a team; get involved on my unit by joining a committee, selecting a project to champion and achieving my CPN; embrace change; smile and acknowledge everyone I encounter; and remember to take care of myself, too.
Amanda Rash, RN, obstetrical unit, Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore
My resolution for improving patient care on our unit is to involve the entire family as much as possible with all aspects of patient education. I believe a mother and her baby need the help and support of the people closest to them to optimize their care after discharge. I will strive to maximize the number of mothers who exclusively breast-feed. To achieve this goal, the mother and her significant other need continuous encouragement and one-to-one education, such as understanding the numerous benefits of breast-feeding. It is also important to help the significant other identify a role in the breast-feeding journey. I also will emphasize the importance for each new mom and her family to view a Sleep Safe video and make sure they are given the information to access available community resources. Any of these simple things could very well save a babys life.
Diane C. Sacco, RN, IBCLC, Inova Fairfax Hospital Womens Center, Falls Church, Va.
As an RN and IBCLC in family centered care, my resolution is a dream a wish for family peace and promise for the future. I will continue to deliver excellent patient care while guiding and enabling families to bond with their infants. This influence today will affect the journey of their childrens tomorrows. With this dream, my goals for 2011 are to assist families to develop and maintain close relationships. To achieve this goal, one approach is to listen and be an exceptional teacher and resource person. Another is to have families feel confident with their decisions in the short term with their infants and in the long term with their children. Patients expect and deserve respect, privacy and education with successful outcomes. Understanding diverse cultures, practices, safety and satisfaction are critical facets of my practice. I will make an effort to be the best caregiver. I will make a difference.
Stephanie Thompson, RN, BSN, clinical nurse 2, acute care pavilion OR, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.
The year 2011 will mark my 10th in nursing. My resolution for the new year is to begin another decade in my profession by giving back the knowledge, skill and training I have received to patients with little to no access to healthcare. For the past two years, I have been involved in a nonprofit medical relief organization that serves the underprivileged in Guatemala. Every time I travel to the country to use my surgical skills, it renews my love for nursing. I strive to treat every patient I encounter at home or abroad with the same quality and compassion they deserve. My desire is to encourage more involvement from the nursing profession in enhancing the welfare of those in their current community and around the globe by volunteering their time and skills. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing you used what you do every day for someone who otherwise would not have access to care.
Shannon R. Weaver, RN-BC, MBA, charge nurse, womens services, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore
Research tells us that successful patient outcomes are directly related to the delivery of quality nursing care. Therefore, my New Years resolutions focus on the promotion of nursing excellence. For nurses throughout the region, 2011 brings another year of opportunities to improve our individual practices as well as our organizational healthcare delivery systems. The uncertain status of healthcare reform raises many questions for patients and nurses. It is up to state and local governing bodies to determine how federal provisions will be met. Each nurse must remain informed about proposed changes to healthcare laws. Nurses must extend themselves into the political arena and offer to educate lawmakers regarding what is actually happening in healthcare as it pertains to specific specialties. Only if professional nurses continually raise the bar for themselves will healthcare reform bring about positive change for all.