Discuss about the Role of Nurses in Children Safety.
The code of nursing is normally based on the good of society, the nursing sector, the patient and health in general. Therefore, nurses ought to promote and restore health, prevent illness and diseases and alleviate the suffering of the patients. The code of practice normally gives a clear outline of what the nurses should do while carrying out their activities to promote quality nursing care. The code of non-malfeasance calls for nurses to prevent the patients from any harm by reporting any illegal, unsafe, and unethical practice by any individual to the relevant authorities to take immediate action. The interest of the nurses to do well to others without causing any harm enhances their self-esteem and work output and are normally given more respect in the society (Leigh 2014). There is the malpractice suit to nurses who do not uphold this and normally they are punished and the patient compensated for the harm done to them. This is with respect to the patient’s right of respectful and considerate care. In this case, the essay will discuss the role of nurses in ensuring the safety of children in relation to consent and safe environment.
Children are an important aspect in the nursing field that should be protected because they lack both the ability to make decisions for themselves and taking care of themselves. Nursing can ensure that these children are protected by upholding their professional values. Nurses should exhibit professional values. This can be shown through nurses acting for the care and well-being of the children, before their own interests. They must also practice autonomously, be accountable and responsible for evidence based nursing, compassionate, patient-centered safety that seeks to uphold and respect human rights and their dignities. This professionalism can be evidenced through integrity and work per the laid down ethical and legal frameworks along with professional aspects. Nurses should collaborate with other social health providers and agencies, families, their workmates and service users to ensure that decision making is informative and inclusive of others to avoid making bad decisions which may negatively affect the children (Gerald 2014).
Other than assisting families in stress, nurses have the duty of ensuring the safety of children. The issue of children safety is supported by years of research. Many families live in poverty, which exposes children to the unsuitable environment of accidents and inability to access proper medication and nutritional needs. Some parents abuse their children both physically and mentally, this calls for the intervention of nurses to protect and safe guard the needs of these children by providing them with appropriate medical attention and nutritional requirements.
Nurses should also exhibit good communication and interpersonal skills. Their communications should be precise, compassionate, respectful, safe, and effective. They must communicate using various strategies both formal and informal and effective technologies to express themselves or pass out some information to the children and their families. This can help when it comes to helping the child’s family understand the health condition of the child and on how to offer them medication (Blaiklock 2008). Their communication should seek to be efficient even with people with disabilities using interpreters to get the required information. This will not only promote the provision of quality health services but also ensure equality in accessing these services. They should show respect when talking to the children so as not to upset them. This will also ensure that the children are assured of a safe environment and can help them get well quickly with no cases of trauma or distress (Cohn and Jonathan 2013).
In conclusion, the essay has discussed the role of nurses in relation to consent and environment. For instance, nurses should be able to maintain the confidentiality of the child’s information. The information about the child’s health should only be told to the child’s family, shared among fellow nurses if necessary and with doctors when the need arises. Parents of the given child or any other authorized persons taking care of the child can view the medical information of the child. The medical provider offering health care services to the child is also allowed to view the information concerning the child and the nurse should ensure that no other unnecessary part gets close to the information. Information pertaining the child is protected from other people because is a basic principle in the nursing field to ensure confidentiality of the patient’s information. It is also essential to protect the child’s information to prevent any tampering, for reference in the future and to assist the medical providers in decision-making.
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