I bring the experience that comes with 20+ years working in the health care industry. I have had the opportunity to care for not only medical needs as seen from trauma, disease and illness, but for those who suffer from disorders affecting ones mental health as well.
By recongnizing the early warning signs which may affect either the physical or mental health needs of the client, and through the implementation of the nursing process, allows me to provide nursing services at its highest standard.
The past couple of years I was made to take a close look on what it means to be a nurse. Somewhere, somehow, I forgot the most basic of rules; "IF IT WASNT CHARTED, IT WASNT DONE". I somehow began to minimize the importance of charting, focusing more on the bedside nursing and the direct services I provided. It wasnt until an investigator who was auditing charts on another matter, that he came across what he believed to be inconsistencies in my charting, years after I had left the facility. Though these have all been resolved, I continue to take steps to assure my charting, or the lack of it, will never be an issue again. The embarasment this has caused my family and I are one thing, but to know my practices in charting could have lead to patient injury, will be a constant reminder whenever making any entry of record.
By taking ownership to the problem, and by not making excuses, was by far the hardest for me to do. No healthcare provider wants to admit that his or her actions could of compromised patient safety. It wasnt until i attempted to read my own charts did I realize just how bad it was. I am greatful that my charting never lead to any patient injury and I was made aware that a serious deficiency existed. With the support from the BRN and that of my family, I have made the changes and taken the steps to move forward, with assurance this will never be an issue for me again.