Assignment: Regulation for Nursing Practice
Assignment: Regulation for Nursing Practice
Assignment Regulation for Nursing Practice
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The healthcare program that is currently ongoing in my practice is health awareness program on hypertension. The program targets the communities that surround our institution. It mainly focuses on a wide range of issues related to hypertension. They include the screening of the public for hypertension, health education, treatment, and referral of cases for specialized treatment. The program targets at improving the level of awareness among the public as a way of promoting lifestyle and behavioural change among them. Then healthcare providers offer health education on the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and ways of managing and preventing hypertension. They also guide them on developing hypertension management program using lifestyle and behavioural modifications. Evidence has shown that raising the awareness of the public concerning hypertension increases the rate of treatment adherence among those affected or at risk and lifestyle and behavioural modifications to enhance health and wellbeing (Islam, 2016). The expected cost of the program is $45,000. The projected outcomes of the program are varied. They include raising the level of awareness among the population concerning hypertension. It also includes increasing the uptake of medical care by patients with the disease. It also includes promoting behavioural and lifestyle modification among those at risk. Lastly, the program aims at increasing adherence to treatment regime by those with hypertension in the population.
- Who is your target population?
The communities surrounding our hospital mainly comprise of African American and Asian American populations. The risk of hypertension among this population has risen significantly over the past few years. Evidence has shown that African Americans are highly at a risk of being affected by diabetes than any other population in America (Diaz et al., 2017; Musemwa & Gadegbeku, 2017). Therefore, the program targets this population as a way of promoting their health and wellbeing.
- What is the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of this healthcare program? Can you provide examples?
The nurses played an important role in the design of the hypertension awareness program. Firstly, the performed a
population assessment to identify the main health problems affecting the communities surrounding the hospital. Through it, the provided information on the prioritized health issues that the program should address. They also assisted in the development of the program goals and objectives. They assisted the program developers in coming up with specific, achievable, realistic, measurable, and time-limited goals and objectives for the program. For instance, they used the knowledge from their experience with the target population concerning their response time and uptake of interventions to come up with the goals of the program. Lastly, the assisted in providing insights into the crucial resources needed for the success of the program. This included time, financial resources, and human resources needed for the program. Therefore, their inputs were important in facilitating the successful implementation of the program.
- What is your role as an advocate for your target population for this healthcare program? Do you have input into design decisions? How else do you impact design?
I play several roles as an advocate for the target population. Firstly, I link the population targeted by the program with the hospital. I visit public spaces such as churches and public gatherings to obtain information concerning the health needs of the population. I also act as health educator by creating awareness among them on the importance of the program and ways of preventing and managing hypertension. I also obtain vital information concerning the lifestyles, values, and practices of the population and exploring their influence on the uptake of health interventions. This information is important since it will guide the adoption of culturally appropriate interventions for managing and preventing hypertension.
I also have a role to influence the design of the program. Firstly, I ensure that all the stakeholders are actively involved in the implementation process. This includes ensuring that healthcare providers and the community representatives are actively involved in the whole processes of the program. I also play the role of determining the effectiveness of the interventions adopted for the success of the program. I ensure that the strategies align with the developed goals alongside the existing organizational resources. Therefore, my role in the implementation process is critical.
- What is the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation? How does this role vary between design and implementation of healthcare programs? Can you provide examples?
The roles of the nurse in the implementation of the hypertension awareness program are varied. They include obtaining vital signs from the population and determining their risk profiles. They also triage patients according to their health problems. As identified earlier, health education was part of the activities of the program. Therefore, nurses act as health educators on issues related to hypertension. Lastly, nurses assist the population in coming up with a treatment plan. This includes those with hypertension, at risk of hypertension, and the healthy population. Through these interventions, the nurses promote the health and wellbeing of the target population.
The above roles played by the nurses vary between the design and implementation of the program. The design phase largely focuses on the use of the best available evidence to predict the ways in which hypertension can be managed in the population. The design phase also focuses on coming up with strategies that would ensure the success of the intervention. However, the implementation phase is action stage. The nurses put the strategies into practice. They use the allocated resources to meet the needs of the population. For example, they classify the population into categories such as hypertensive, pre-hypertensive, and non-hypertensive.
- Who are the members of a healthcare team that you believe are most needed to implement a program? Can you explain why?
I believe the success of the program will require inputs and expertise from different professionals. One of them is a physician. The physician will diagnose, prescribe medications, and refer cases for further management. A pharmacist will also be needed to dispense the prescribed medications. A community health nurse will also be needed to ensure follow-up of the identified cases. The program also needs registered nurses. They will provide health education, screening, and assist in the development of treatment guidelines for those with or at risk of hypertension.
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Islam, M. S. (2016). Hypertension: from basic research to clinical practice. In Hypertension: from basic research to clinical practice (pp. 1-2). Springer, Cham.
Musemwa, N., & Gadegbeku, C. A. (2017). Hypertension in African Americans. Current cardiology reports, 19(12), 129.