Currentresearch that links patient safety outcomes to ADN and BSN nurses.
CurrentResearch that Links Patient Safety Outcomes to ADN and BSN Nurses
Aresearch conducted by Blegen, Goode and Park, dubbed BaccalaureateEducation in Nursing and Patient Outcomes aimedto determine whether the outcomes of patients were better when theywere handled by nurses who had a baccalaureate degrees. The researchwas premised on a report that strongly recommended that 50%-80% ofregistered nurses need to have baccalaureate degrees if the outcomesof nursing practice were to improve to levels that are way beyondwhat they are today. The study applied a cross-sectional methodology in that data from 21 hospitals run by universities was obtained and athorough analysis was carried out between the qualifications of thenurses who worked in those hospitals and the outcomes that wererealized as a result (Blegen, Goode and Park, 2013). The results,thereby, showed that most of the registered nurses who either had anAND or a BSN were faced by a limited number of mortalities whilehandling patients who had sever health problems such as decubitusulcers and pulmonary embolism. The research, thereby, concluded thatthere is, therefore, a need for education among nurses so as toprovide them with much more information that will play a crucial rolein ensuring that their level of practice is greatly increased to muchgreater levels.This is because the information obtained by nurseswhile they are learning will equip them with the necessary skillsthat are geared towards the application of more recent developmentsin the field which are bound to be more successful in the long run,than the methods which have been used in the past.
Thenurses are also able to widen their level of reasoning and be able toestablish new methods and innovations in the nursing practice. Thisis quite vital in furthering the aspect of research in the field ofnursing, an element that is vital for the survival of patients in thelong run. The nurses with more education are also able to gathermore information that relate to patient safety in hospital. They are,therefore, able to understand why such practices need to be put inmind. The practices could include such those that are aimed atpreventing re-infections of patients who visit hospital facilities(Blegen et. al, 2013). They are, therefore, able to separate patientswho seem to bear sever illnesses from those with less infective onesin a bid to ensure that such an occurrence does not take place.
Ihave been in a hospital set-up and I do agree with the findings ofthis study. It is quite evident that the more nurses increase theireducation in the field, the more they are able to ensure that thereis a better outcome when they come into contact with patients in thehospital. The nurses end up increasing their level of training in thearea. The training also touches on the virtue of healthcarepersonnel- patient interaction, which is quite important in ensuringthat the patient develops some sense of belief in the care that heis being accorded, This plays a major role in ensuring that thepatient achieves recuperation quickly (Huston, 2014)). The nurse isalso able to engage with the patient well. He or she is, therefore,able to encourage the patient to take up a given medical procedure orwhich is aimed at addressing a given problem that he is sufferingfrom.
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