I have been a nurse for almost four years. I feel that the experiences I have acquired by working in a med-surg , pulmonary step-down unit have had a tremendous influence on my professional growth. Additionally, I believe that by continuing my education I have empowered myself to take charge of my career development. It has given me a chance to have some input on my goals so I can challenge myself for opportunities that can expand my knowledge, skills and experience. For example, some of the things I have been doing to advance in my profession over the past year are attending Grand Canyon University, and I attended a two day Med Surg Certification Class. Currently I am working on completing my MSN. I strongly believe that continuing education is a very valuable tool in one's professional career and that is the major reason of why education is important to me. I want to provide my patients with the best possible care, as well as being sure to address any knowledge gaps I could have. Being an RN has been a constant learning process for me; the experience I am acquiring allows me to gain mastery of the basic skills and acquisition of new ones. I have learned how to prioritize and take care of the most urgent task. At times I help peers problems solve, or teach new grads a skill they haven't learned. I have learned flexibility with experience, enabling me to accomplish the most important tasks first, and delegate when appropriate. Whenever I am the charge nurse, I take this role very seriously. For me the charge nurse needs to run the unit without the managers being there, which can be very challenging at times. In the charge role I provide clinical support and act as a resource to nursing staff and PCA's in order to provide optimal patient care. I also plan staffing to provide adequate coverage at all times and maintain staffing to the grid to ensure fiscal responsibility on the unit. I strongly believe that organization is key to being able to succeed in this role because this position requires a strong ability to multitask. I have to organize, prioritize and delegate work flow; I update the bed management office in real time regarding bed placement and clinical issues. I also inform the clinical nurse leader of unit issues and concerns. As the charge nurse, I have adjusted to a new role in my nursing career. Not only am I focusing on patient care, i have also continue to develop new leadership qualities.
CPR certified through American Heart Association
Implemented new floor assignments based on evaluation of staffing requirements.
Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.Sound, ethical and independent decision-making ability consistent with medical protocols.
Provided education to patients on detox and withdrawal, medications, addiction, recovery, coping skills and community resources.
Nursing GCU - AZ
Council, documentation, nursing, Quality, Safety, telemetry
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