Practice: Below are some of practices I believe I do.

She is a registered staff nurse on 4 East, a Medical Surgical Unit with Telemetry. She practices using the nursing process which she utilizes in her every day work and maintains optimum standards of care for our Veterans with a wide variety of health problems. She has demonstrated the ability to care for veterans with integrity, honesty and accountability. While providing care she also provides patient education and therapies geared towards control, management, prevention of infections and complications. For example: When at the bedside discuses with the patient about their blood glucose levels and what insulin or medications they will be receiving. Providing diabetic teaching by explaining diet requirements and how to take medications appropriately. She maintains a professional attitude toward veterans and staff members. She provides privacy during care and maintain patient confidentiality when speaking about patient concerns and conditions. She is mindful to always be respectful to veterans and peers.


As a RN on this unit here are some of her practices in the unit: Demonstrate the ability to function effectively in the charge nurse and leader roles. Utilize effective problem –solving skills, seeking confirmation from co-workers and supervisors when confronted with difficult situations. Readily identified a potential critical situation, taking the appropriate actions to provide quality positive patient outcomes. Her professional practice is patient focused, am consistently advocating for my patients and striving to maintain high standards and patients right. As charge nurse, makes assignment in a manner that reflects optimum use of available staff while prioritizing patient cares and needs. Changing assignments per the unit acuity level and work load. Promote planning and continuity of care through developing an individualized interdisciplinary plan of care in collaboration with the patient, family and the health care team


******* She applies the nursing process to improve care, and manages complex care. She showed this in evaluation of a general surgery patient s/p foot surgery with long post-operative course, initially post operatively the patient was on Telemetry, but after 3 days the doctor discontinued monitoring as patient had no events (history of MI); an EKG was obtained before discontinuation of telemetry which was normal sinus rhythm — this was performed on day shift. Working a PM shift on the telemetry unit and had worked with the patient previously the past few days determined something was ‘off’, with her rhythm couldn’t put her finger on it which warranted continued observations/assessment. Her thorough assessment and intuition determined the patient had a new onset of atrial fibrillation. Doctor was notified and Patient was started on cardiac meds, and converted back to normal sinus rhythm within 24 hours of my assessment. Her assessment and subsequent interventions resulted in prompt treatment of atrial fibrillation, and resulted in saving the patient’s life and probably not having to be anti-coagulated for the rest of his life.


Ethics: Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for client and staff in addressing ethical issues.

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This nurse serves as resource to patients, providers, families, and other staff when ethical issues arise: She provides ethical resource information to patients, families and staff, adhere to VAMC ethics and compliance standard in work activities. She supports and enhance patient’s self-determination, provide accurate information needed for patients to understand the implications of Advance Directives, informed consent and Patient’s Bill of Rights. She assists staff and new Medical students to comply with the HIPPA regulations on patient confidentiality; reminding them to promptly Log off computer/system when two steps aware, shred un-needed papers with patient’s identifiable information, not seek to know information of the patients not under direct care. Putting patient first good knowledge of ethical issues and to provide accurate information to patient. She treats patients and family with respect. Proactively, respect patient self-dignity, space and privacy without compromising standard of care given. She promptly encourages others to provide privacy when changing linen and during hygiene activities. She assists providers, patients and families to comply with informed consent for procedure.


Resource Utilization: Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action.

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This nurse effectively provides care to patients and minimizes waste without compromising patient positive outcome. She makes safety rounds as a charge nurse and uses sound judgement to identify malfunctioning equipment and take prompt actions to contact engineering department for repairs and replacement. She demonstrates the ability to prioritize and coordinate patient care by completing assignment within the scheduled hours of work to decrease overtime. She considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in delivering care. She possesses effective leadership skills in emergent situations and knows how to adjust staff assignments to meet the needs. She is able to assess unit activity and patient acuity to assign staff appropriately.




Education/Career Development: Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve Clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.

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She personally develops and pursues educational plans to help maintain and improve knowledge in her specialized area of professional practice. She currently holds a BSN and has almost completed her MSM. She maintains current ACLS and CPR certifications. She effectively attends continuing educational program; reviewing current literatures and research findings that are relevant to her present job skill and competence development. She assumes responsibility for completing mandatory education requirements on the TMS learning program, complete annual mandatory training on time. She attends and participates in skill fares, participates on in-services, seminars and conferences for skill development.

Performance: Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations. Takes action to improve performance. Examples and Measurable Outcomes Demonstrating How Dimension/Criteria Met:

This nurse does not require supervision to solve routine clinical problems. She attends seminars, read current literatures, review current research findings for self-professional improvement. She utilizes close assessment findings to identify areas of patient/family knowledge deficit, initiate educational plans to meet patient care needs. She is always on the lookout for actual or potential problems and intervenes promptly; making sure that intubated patients and those on tube feeding have HOB elevated up to 30 degrees to prevent aspiration. She anticipates changes, prioritize, initiate and modify her work to accommodate staff and patient needs, she is flexible and readily available for pulling to other departs within organization in other to cover staff needs. She attends continuing education program, review new policies and new regulations and applies new changes as needed into practice. She practices OSHA sanitation act and JACHO privacy act in her nursing care. She adheres to current procedures for patient safety, observe universal precautions and effectively handle hazardous material and equipment associated with my job. Demonstrate knowledge of occurrence reporting system and use system to report potential patient safety issues, such as fall and near incidents.


Collaboration/Collegiality: Educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor.

She encourages collaboration and teamwork; She works effectively with others and encourage cooperation among staff. She communicates effectively and professionally with internal and external customers. A team approach is the best way to care for patients. For example: I) Encouraging our veterans to use the resources available to them such as transportation, and social services for assistance. II). Encouraging veterans / family members to use correct equipment when entering isolation rooms and using disposal equipment to help prevent infection. Listening to patient complaints and coming up with resolutions. These are to encourage the patient to get involve with their own health care.


Quality of Care: Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in approved outcomes.

Research: Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice.

She uses scientific based evidence for practice in her profession. She observes diverse methodologies which focus on the understanding and relieve of symptoms of acute and chronic illness. Her eight years as a nurse with five years at Hampton VA has helped her to constantly improve her critical thinking and problem solving skills. She effectively uses traditional approaches in controlling pain, behavioral activities and anxiety-induced confrontations that did not require utilizing medications such as dimming the light, talking to patient in a soft tone of voice, reposition them to make them comfortable. She makes sure that she is compliant with HVAMC’s policy and performance initiatives.







Her goal is to ensure proper care of our veterans and use optimum standards of care.

Complete her MSN and enhance her nursing knowledge and skills so that she can go on to provide more efficient care for her patients.

She will continue to endeavor hard to do her very best in providing excellent care to our Veterans and to be a constant asset in this organization.