Video Reflection: Nurse Jackie Essay

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The nurses within Nurse Jackie are portrayed as nurses who are hard working and actually care for their patients. The nurses have a dress code which are a clean and preferably wrinkle free scrubs as well as a stethoscope. Because the nurses work in the emergency department (ER) they have had to develop strong relationships with the doctors to ensure that everyone can be trusted. For the most part the nurses know that the doctors hold the power but with increasing trust the nurses are granted more power. When it comes to interacting with the patients the nurses act professional and display appropriate non-verbal signs. Finally, these nurses are visible because they actually provide bedside ...view middle of the document...

Jackie respected her elderly patient’s choice not to receive care but still advocate for him to remain in the ER to eat his chicken soup. The patient new he was dying and did not want any further treatment except for his wife’s soup. Jackie respected his decision and fought for him to stay in the ER to consume his soup. This is a form of advocacy because Jackie had to convince her nurse manager to keep him in a bed. This kept the patient calm and actually relaxed him so much that he ended up dying by the end of the episode.
Another example of how Jackie demonstrated leadership would be when she assisted in the care of a lupus patient and her 10 year old daughter. Jackie advocates for the patients daughter to be at her bedside, because she is the main caregiver, even though the ICU has an age restriction of having to be at least 14. Further, Jackie takes it upon herself to ensure that the patient has enough required medications to last a few weeks. The patient’s daughter was extremely grateful and appreciated all of Jackie’s actions.
From the above examples, nurse Jackie displayed a servant leadership style. Jackie fits the servant leadership style because she has a desire to care for (serve) her patients. Jackie is aware of the needed changes in order to improve their patient care whether its actual care or if its restricting care to provide comfort. Further, Jackie is empathetic towards her patients by understanding their decisions and showing empathy with their decisions. Lastly, Jackie does persuade her managers and pharmacy to ensure that the required care is given to support her patients.
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