Current Issues in Nursing & Recommendations for Professional Development for Nurses

You are required to write a 2000 word essay on a patient readmission. This topic needs addressing in order to improve nursing standards/ practise.You are required to develop recommendations and strategies for future professional development for nurses.

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Practical Applications

Your essay should include responses to the following questions:

1. What is the issue? (Readmission)

a. Describe readmission in clinical practice

b. Explain why there is an issue; in other words explore why the issue exists. Areas to concentrate on include theprevalence or extent of the issue, impact on patient care, nursing standards, nursing practice, policies and procedures ; link to ANMCCompetency Standards

c. Using Gibbs Reflective cycle (available on the course website and below) critically reflect in the issue you have raised by incorporating what you have observed in clinical practice

d. Support your reflection by identifying and discussing what research findings report about the issue. Examine both Australian and International literature.

2. What recommendations would you make for future professional development for nurses?

a. Base recommendations on your own experiences (critical reflection) and evidenced-based literature so that you can support your recommendations with references

b. Provide strategies to implement the recommendations

 

Essay format:

Present your material in an academic essay style (please refer to style manuals available in the library if you are unsure of an essay format). Ensure that your essay adheres to the following requirements:

oA marking criteria sheet should be attached to your assignment. Marks will be deducted for failure to include this with your submission.
oThe assignment is to be stapled in the top left-hand corner. No plastic covers or folders please.
oAttach an assignment cover page to the assignment prior to submission. The cover page should outline your student name, student number, course code, course name, due date, word count, semester and year.
oEnsure an actual word count is also included on the cover page. Your essay may have + or minus 10% (200 words) of the designated word count of 2000 words, including in-text references. Word counts above 2200 or below 1800 words will be penalised.
oInclude a footer with your name and student number and page numbers.
oUse a separate page for the reference list. The reference list is not included in the word count.
oReference according to APA 6th, which is the standard referencing style for the School. Refer to the course website for details about this or go to:http://www.griffith.edu.au/library/workshops-training/self-help-resources/referencing
oYou must present your essay in the traditional academic essay style (no headings) or in the style exemplified in:

Lange, F. (2009). Nursing management of subarachnoid haemorrhage: A reflective case study. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 5 (10), 463-470.

Refer to course website.

oUse double line spacing for the text in your assignment, left and right justify, and ensure margins of 3.17cm on the right and left of the page. This makes your essay easier to read and provides room for the marker’s comments.
oA minimum of 15 references are required to support your essay. References should be mostly peer-reviewed journal articles, published within the last seven years. However, you can use older references if they are seminal work.
oFont: Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point.
oSubmit your essay through Safe Assign

The links below will assist you to develop your understanding of reflection.

http://www.abudhabicme.com/main/doc/nurs01c28_31.pdf

http://www.calpro-online.org/ERIC/textonly/docgen.asp?tbl=tia&ID=125

http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/openup/fook&gardner/resources/6.pdf

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