Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 504: Leadership & Nursing Practice
Summer Semester 2011
What is an organization without a vision? The vision objective puts the organizations values and goals into simplified terms every member of the team can understand and share. The same holds true for our own personal goals and aspirations. We should develop our own personal vision statements to ensure we are staying current in the growing changes of nursing and healthcare technology/techniques, to educate and lead in the most efficient means possible. My vision revolves around the mission statement, “To provide the highest level of care, one patient at a time, with meticulous attention to quality of care; serving with compassion and a dedication to improving health awareness and literacy among patients”. While simple and direct, I feel that this statement best summarizes my leadership vision for the future of nursing and institutional healthcare.
Throughout this section, I will be citing various sources that support my leadership vision. The key concepts of my vision are: a) Enhanced quality of care, compassionate “patient-first” service, b) dedication to healthcare literacy, and c) effectively changing the level of health awareness one patient at a time. Through these avenues, I believe that the level of co-morbidities seen in our patients can be significantly reduced. The vision will also help one to realize that the average citizen is not as proficient in health education as the allied professional.
Compassion in healthcare is essential to patient interaction. Often, patients come to us with preconceived notions of from past or recent experiences influencing them in their attitudes towards healthcare professionals and their own health. ”Burned-out” nurses become stressed and develop the ability to disconnect from their patients. Clinical detachment and objectivity are emphasized over and above compassionate caring (Youngson, 2008). In my vision, I want to encourage an air of caring in nursing even when it seems that we have no time to care (Youngson, 2008).
Dedication to healthcare awareness and literacy is the second key concept explained. As defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Health literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Health information can overwhelm even people with advanced literacy skills. About one third of the adult population in the United States has limited health literacy” (U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 2011).
It stands to reason that patients are more likely to take responsibility for their own health if they understand three factors. (1) What is the reason for my seeking this healthcare provider? (2) What is my main problem? (3) Why is treating this problem important to me? (Ask Me 3). Studies have shown that patients who understand their illness and can comprehend their care instructions are more likely to be compliant than those who do not (Cornett, 2009). Egbert and Nanna found that the about 12% of the American population have adequate health literacy. This is important because low literacy results in poor health management (Egbert & Nanna).
Enhanced quality of care is the third key concept of my vision. That includes every facet of the healthcare experience, from delivery of medications and patient education to safety and teamwork to protect our patient. Teamwork in the healthcare setting is essential to success. Just as the daily routine of the military has proven, teamwork and communication is vital to health quality and performance (Hunt, 2011). Studies have proven that when the installations of teamwork initiatives are in place, medications errors have been reduced from 30.4% to 4.4%...