The Role of a Nurse as an Advocate for Best Practice in Health Care
Roles: Beginning Nurse
Advocate for best practice in health care: Since the patient is already deceased, as a beginning nurse advocate, I will ensure that I have gathered all the information about the conditions that led to the patient death then place them in the computer system under the deceased data. I will also seek the basic information about the patient on the system so as to keep all the data in order.
It will facilitate processing of the patient death certificate.
Roles: Experienced Nurse
Advocate for best practice in health care: Technology acts as a bridge between patients and nurses (O’Keefe-McCarthy, 2009). Therefore, as an experienced nurse advocate, I will get the data concerning the deceased that had been recorded by the beginning nurse and find the best way to assist the wife of the deceased. This solution will include seeking the right information concerning the processing of the death certificate and providing the wife with the right information after disconnection of the ventilator.
Roles: Informatics Nurse Specialist
Advocate for best practice in health care: As an information nurse specialist advocate, it is paramount that I will gather together the different parties involved in processing of the deceased affairs like finances, inheritance and burial. These will be Chaplain, case management, and child life. The information gathered from them will give a better understanding of the aftermath actions that will be undertaken, concerning the deceased affairs.
Roles: Informatics Innovator
Advocate for best practice in health care: The wife had no clear understanding of how system work once the patient dies. As an informatics innovator advocate it is critical to ensure that the systems are updated and precise to the need of the deceased family (Sewell & Thede, 2013). All information on actions to be taken after the death of a patient such as processing of the death certificate should be clearly outlined. All the actions should be carried out spontaneously to avoid any frustrations similar to the ones experienced by the deceased wife.
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2. O’Keefe-McCarthy, S. (2009). Technologically-Mediated Nursing Care: the Impact on Moral Agency. Nursing Ethics, 16(6), 786-796. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969733009343249