Patterns of Nursing Care (graded)
Your lesson this week discussed patterns of nursing care delivery. In your opinion, what is the most effective nursing care delivery model and why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of your chosen nursing care delivery model? Give specific clinical examples.
Discussion of Articles (graded)
Discuss the two articles that you read from the Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses website. Give the title and the URL address for each article. How is the information in each article applicable to your practice?
1) Financial Statements
You are the Director of the Outpatient Department at a mid size hospital. You attend quarterly Board meetings where the major financial statements are presented, shared and discussed; so you are familiar with them and use the related information in doing your job and assessing how your areas, and the organization are doing.
This month, you are bringing your new Assistant Director to join you at the Board meeting. Prior to the meeting, you want to explain to her/him what these key financial statements are, what they report, and how you use them (or don’t), or aspects of them, in running and understanding your area and what’s happening in the entire organization.
In one page or less, discuss what you will say to explain the reports and how you use them. Bullet points are ok where appropriate.
Outpatient Rehab has been such a success (Congratulations!!), that Administration has asked you to develop a budget proposal for opening an inpatient rehab floor in a currently closed patient area in the hospital’s affiliated nursing home. The area is currently set up as a 20 bed fully furnished (up to date beds and furnishings); so no new patient or nursing equipment should be necessary. However, there is no medical, nursing, rehab, clerical, or housekeeping staff assigned to the unit; and the unit, obviously, receives no patient supplies. Administrative Support area costs (Marketing, HR, IT, Finance) are allocated to patient care areas based on patient days per year.
1. List what assumptions (for example regarding volume, staffing ratios, etc) you would need to be able to make to develop this budget; and explain how you would make those determinations.
2. Based on the assumptions you’ve made, develop a two year budget for this unit assuming different occupancies in year 1 and year 2 (occupancy should be one of your assumptions)
In about one to two pages.
How does this article inform your understanding of the influence of your selected issue in the health care debate?
As stated in the course text, Health Care Delivery in the United States, “the health care enterprise is one of the most important parts of the U.S. social system and of our economic system as well” (Kovner and Knickman, 2011, p. 4); however, with millions of citizens uninsured, rising costs, massive health disparities, and the need to improve quality and access, many view health care as a broken system. As such, it continues to be a significant political issue in the United States. Most agree that something needs to be done to fix the health care system, but the methods and solutions for addressing problems vary greatly, particularly with respect to the role government should play. Proponents of varying approaches often have strong, emotional opinions, making compromise difficult.
In this Discussion, you will consider the role of government in health care, and you will examine the impact of a social, economic, technological, ethical, or legal issue on health care delivery.
With this week’s Learning Resources in mind, consider this question: Is health care a right or a privilege?
Review the media presentation for this week, focusing on the role of the government in health care.
Pinpoint a social, economic, technological, ethical, or legal issue that could, or has, affected health care delivery in the United States.
Locate a current article from the popular press (within the past 6 months) related to the health care issue you identified. How does this article inform your understanding of the influence of your selected issue in the health care debate?
Post by Day 3 your position on whether health care in the United States is a right or a privilege, and explain what you believe to be the proper role of government in health care. Justify your position. Explain how the social, economic, technological, ethical, or legal issue you selected is impacting health care delivery and whether this issue should be addressed by the government or by private entities. Identify the article you selected, and explain how this article informs your stance