Education Experience Compassion Term Paper

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Canadian Nursing: The Requirements of Quality Nursing Care

Critical Success Factors in Nursing

In order to become a good nurse, one must have a good education, experience, and compassion. Not one of these factors is more important than the other; rather a good nurse must demonstrate competency in all three in order to influence patient outcomes in a positive manner and be successful in the nursing field.

Nurses within the Canadian health care system are traditionally responsible for carrying out many different functions at one time. Nurses are typically in the unique position of providing quality patient care on a one to one basis. Their interaction with patients is generally much more intimate than that of physicians, and patients often find themselves turning to their nursing care provider for guidance and support. Thus it is critical that a nurse not only have the ability to provide sound medical advice and care but also support patients with kindness, caring and compassion.

Nurses are in the unique position of building familiarity and trust with a client; they are critical monitors of a client's treatment needs and thus the nurse client relationship is one of the most important competencies critical to a successful career in the nursing industry (Peternelj-Taylor & Yonge, 2003). Nurses in the Canadian health system may be working autonomously within an independent practice or more commonly as members of an interdisciplinary team, working collaboratively with other health care providers (Peternelj-Taylor & Yonge, 2003). Thus it is critical given the complex nature of their position that they have a solid educational foundation from which to work.

When combined with experience, nurses who are educated and well rounded are more likely to excel in the medical health care industry and offer patients and primary care providers the greatest versatility of treatment. Today's medical care centers require that nurses have mastered a complex skill set and be able to manage a diverse amount of tasks at once. Thus education and experience become critical factors for success in the nursing field.

Campbell, Cascio, Clark, Rains & Sandor (1998) suggest that teaching strategies and educational instruction must teach nurses to improve their critical thinking skills in order to succeed and make complex decisions as part of a community health nursing practice. These critical thinking skills will enable nurses to act and react in emergent situations, and also enable nursing providers to deal with the unexpected, a common occurrence in the medical community.

Other researchers point out how critical it is for the nurse to be involved in all stages of patient care including the planning, management, evaluation and construction of management protocols and care requirements for patients (Al-Almaei, Albar, Hanif & Mangoud, 2000). Nurses are faced with many of the same challenges as primary physicians, including the responsibility for delivering quality health care within the constraints of the health care system in…

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Al-Almaei, S., Albar, A.A., Hanif, M. & Mangoud, A."In comparison: A study of the competence of nurses and physicians in primary care practice." International Journal of Public Administration, 23(4):461

Campbell, D., Cascio, R., Clark, M., Rains, A. & Sandor, M.K. "Evaluating

critical thinking skills in a scenario-based community health course." Journal of Community Health Nursing, 15(1), 1998: 21.

Peternelj-Taylor, C.A. & Yonge, O. "Exploring boundaries in the nurse-client relationship: Professional roles and responsibilities." Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 29(2), 2003: 55

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