Nurses have to practice in a safe and competent manner to deliver quality nursing care to patients and minimize complications that arise out of mistaken identity. This is clearly demonstrated by the enrolled nurse Baxter right from the beginning. On realizing that her two patients have identical dates of birth and names she decides to notify her senior that is the registered nurse and labels both patients together with their medical notes to notify the rest of the members of the medical team, she notices with concern that this was never done on admission of the two patients, this is a true demonstration of competence and an act of self-dedication.
On religious grounds Mr. Smythe, Baxters second client prefers meditation to narcotic analgesia as a way of relieving pain. As a patient’s advocate Baxter should talk to the patient about the advantages of using narcotic analgesics but should not at the same time criticize the patient’s choice, she should label the patient warning against the use of the same, she should also discuss the matter with the theatre staff pre-operatively so that they are well informed.
Baxter’s second client with bowel polyps is allergic to penicillin (cephalexin). Baxter is keen enough to pick this from the clients medical records on admission and takes an initiative to label the patient so as this can be brought to the attention of all health care providers, this is important because it will ensure that her client gets the right drug and, therefore, ensuring patient safety. Patient safety is very vital since it determines the health outcome of the patient. It is indeed vital to maintaining high standards of drug safety just like Baxter did.
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