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Analyze strategies that you have used to demonstrate courage to speak up and address difficult situations as a nurse leader.
A couple of strategies that I use daily are persistence and ‘everyday courage’ (Kett et al, 2022, Detert, 2018). Courage is defined as taking action regardless of the potential risks (Detert, 2018, Tye & Dent, 2021). In my facility, we have protocols for referral to specialists, which can delay medical treatment. I tend to see my patients at least twice a month if not more. My referrals have been lost more than once, yet I continue to rewrite and rewrite the referral so the patient can get the care they so need. I am not sure if this is a strength or weakness, but I will not back down or stop advocating for my patients
2. Examine how your moral and ethical views impacted how you handled the situation.
I recently had to stand up to the Health Care Unit Administrator (HCUA). I did not have a nurse will me; therefore, I had to do the vitals on each patient. The HCUA was engaged in a conversation with my patient while his blood pressure was being taken. I let him talk and waited to see what it would be. Well, as you may have guessed, it was extremely elevated. I explained to him that I would need to repeat it and that he needed to be quiet. I was abruptly corrected by the HCUA stating it was a myth. She repeated it twice. I looked up at the nurse who was working with the eye doctor. We knew she was incorrect. After I finished my task, I asked her if she could step into my office. I thought she had not heard me because she continued to talk to the patient. When I asked her again, she curtly told me to give her a minute. I turned and walked into my office and asked my patient to wait. He obliged. Once she was in the office with me, I stated that I appreciated her help; however, I did not appreciate being corrected in front of the individuals in custody. She told me that she did not like what I said sometimes. She then left me standing there with our unfinished conversation. After my patient line was completed, I researched and found sources that one must remain quiet during blood pressure readings. I printed out the fact sheet and posted it in the clinic area. She did not say a word to me about it.
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