Need some ideas please !

  1. I am currently working on my BSN online. I have no experience working in healthcare though. I will start my first job in 9 days.

    I have an assignment next week where I have to write about a nursing care issue. Does anyone have any good examples? What comes to mind to me are ethical issues. It CANNOT be a medical issue.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Double-Helix
    Can you be more specific? Asking for an example of a “nursing care issue” is incredibly vague.
  4. by   Eeramsey
    That's all the information I was given.
  5. by   Noctor_Durse
    How about the Cytochrome P450 system and all of the interactions that nurses have to work around when giving meds.
  6. by   nurseali2u
    Bedside manner comes to mind. Professionalism. Respect given to every patient. Privacy/HIPPA issues. Hope these ideas help. They were just ones that came to my mind from the start that can be issues
  7. by   Esme12
    How about nursing unions with TUFTS hospital in Boston in the news?
  8. by   Anonymous865
    exposure to noise on physiological and psychological outcomes in hospitalized patients

    you could narrow the previous suggestion of p450 and look at just CYP-2D6 polymorphism's effect on pain management
  9. by   OunceofPrevention
    confidentiality ?
  10. by   winterss
    What kind of nursing care issues are you referring to? I'm not sure what you mean when you say it cannot be a medical issue. Here is what comes to mind:

    Understaffing issues
    Moral and Ethical dilemmas - such as, treating criminals, euthanasia and DNR orders, religion conflicts

    Hope this helps.
  11. by   Here.I.Stand
    safe staffing issues (is it beneficial to assign an ICU RN 3 pts, med-surg RNs 10 pts etc......... is mandatory OT an acceptable staffing practice?)

    compassion fatigue (how do issues e.g. medical futility affect nurses?)

    professional boundaries (no, you are not the only nurse who can take compassionate care of Mr. Needypatient)

    cultural competence (nursing texts, in my experience, are painfully simplistic on this topic)

    self-care (yes, you do have time to pee; no, you shouldn't have to skip lunch. Asceticism does not make you a better nurse -- it makes you a hungry/crabby/incontinent nurse)

    Customer service expectations (does research show that a happy pt is a well pt? Is it EBP to ask "how high" when a pt says "jump"?)
  12. by   elijahvegas
    Staffing. Patient to nurse ratios. I could write a book on how screwed up it can be

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