The field of nursing has evolved over time and keeps changing every day. With the numerous changes comes improvement in the quality of care that nurses give on a daily basis. For example, nurses never used to wear gloves when performing a majority of their tasks such as administering injections or toileting patients. Over time, it was discovered that many patients carried diseases that were easily transferrable via body fluids or blood. As a result of the discovery, nurses began wearing gloves when performing a majority of their nursing care. This not only helped to protect the nurses from contracting numerous diseases, but the patients as well. The nurses were not transferring germs and bacteria from patient to patients because they were wearing gloves with every patient and discarding each of them when done. This is only one example of how the quality of nursing has changed over time. There are many more with a majority of the changes involving the administration of medications.
Improving the accuracy and efficiency of medication passing is a major contributor to improving the overall quality of nursing. Medications are key in improving a patient’s health and level of comfort. It’s the nurse’s priority to make sure the patient is safe when taking the majority of medications that many of them take. Nurses must take vitals, reassess, and evaluate the effectiveness of all medications administered. Medications function to maintain a person’s blood pressure, pulse, fluid balance, thyroid function, and many other things. There are also many different types of pain medications that are important when trying to improve the patient’s health because it is more likely their health will improve if they’re free of pain and comfortable. The nurse must make sure all of these types of medications are passed with accuracy in order for them to be beneficial to the patient. Medications are one of the many responsibilities that nurses have. Improving Quality Nursing touches on the improvements and changes that have taken place overtime with a variety of nursing skills due to the vast majority of responsibilities that nurses have.
There has been much research in relation to improving the quality of nursing. One study conducted by Burston and Tuckett focused on the care provided by nurses amongst the elderly population. Burston’s and Tuckett’s research was based off of a few electronic databases and each database was searched using keywords: moral distress, moral distress scale, nursing home, and long-term care. The search results were then categorized into three themes: specialist critical nursing, specialist nursing and specialist non-nursing. Results of their study revealed the impact or consequences of moral distress and proposed that a nurse’s quality is primarily affected in two ways: moral distress has consequences for the self and others and consequences also for the system (Burston & Tuckette, 2013). Crogan and Dupler were also...