NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal

NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal

Week 10-Bi-weekly Practicum Journaling

            Over the past two weeks, my preceptor decided to focus mainly on the role of interprofessional collaboration in promoting patient care outcomes. Focusing on promoting mental health among frontline healthcare workers, specifically nurses, we noted that the main mental problems reported among my aggregate were work-related anxiety and depression. The complexity and multifactorial nature of depression and anxiety require collaborative interventions provided by an interprofessional team for standardized screening tools, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacological drugs (Pomare et al., 2018). In the management of anxiety disorder, following the screening results of my aggregate, I was able to become part of an interprofessional team comprising of a physician, pharmacist, nurses, and psychiatrist. The psychiatrist played a significant role in providing counseling sessions through zoom, which was effective in reducing the patient’s stress levels.

Click here to ORDER an A++ paper from our MASTERS and DOCTORATE WRITERS: NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal

Nonetheless, we faced quite a number of challenges working with the preceptor. One of the main challenges was shared decision-making, where we would frequently disagree on what is the best intervention to implement. Limited time was also another factor given that all clinicians were busy with their respective roles in their departments. However, we managed to select a team leader, who made sure that our schedule aligned to create more time dedicated to taking care of the patient, and promoted good communication to promote appropriate decision making in the favor of the patient (Menear et al., 2020). Through this team, my aggregate was able to receive both pharmacological and psychological interventions which promoted positive care outcomes. They were no longer stressed and could open up to other colleagues abou

NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal

NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal

t pressing matters, promoting good mental health, and overall well-being. In my future practice, I will make that I acquire adequate skills and competencies required to promote interprofessional collaboration in enhancing patient-centered care.

NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal References

Menear, M., Dugas, M., Careau, E., Chouinard, M. C., Dogba, M. J., Gagnon, M. P., … & Légaré, F. (2020). Strategies for engaging patients and families in collaborative care programs for depression and anxiety disorders: A systematic review. Journal of affective disorders263, 528-539. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.008

Pomare, C., Long, J. C., Ellis, L. A., Churruca, K., & Braithwaite, J. (2018). Interprofessional collaboration in mental health settings: a social network analysis. Journal of Interprofessional Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2018.1544550.

My practicum experience over the last two weeks acted as an eye-opener in the common challenges facing healthcare professionals and how to deal with them to promote patient-centered care. As nurses, we are expected to exhibit the highest level of professionalism when taking care of patients to promote their well-being and prevent harm. However, the well-being of nurses is normally neglected leading to common mental complications such as anxiety and depression. The Healthy People 2020, emphasizes the importance of promoting the well-being of healthcare professionals in improving the safety and quality of care provided (Sampaio et al., 2020). For instance, one of my aggregate who was diagnosed with mild anxiety related to working environment stress and pressure from the Covid-19 pandemic was assigned to a qualified psychiatrist to help with her mental condition. The nurse was able to open up and talk about work-related stress, with a positive outcome on her mental health.

Through this encounter, I was able to appreciate the need to take keen consideration on the mental health of nurses, especially during tough times, like the covid-19 pandemic. I have also learned that the best way to promote mental health among frontline healthcare workers is to promote frequent mental health examinations by talking to a psychiatrist about their work-related stress (Stelnicki et al., 2020). Surprisingly, just talking to a mental health professional even on ‘zoom’ has proven to be an effective way of promoting the mental health of nurses. The conceptual Framework Pillars described in this course also encourage nurses to exhibit caring, critical thinking, professionalism, and good communication skills to avoid work-related stress.

NSG 4076 Week 10 Biweekly Journal References

Sampaio, F., Sequeira, C., & Teixeira, L. (2020). Nurses’ mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak: a cross-sectional study. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine62(10), 783-787. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001987

Stelnicki, A. M., Carleton, R. N., & Reichert, C. (2020). Nurses’ mental health and well-being: COVID-19 impacts. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research52(3), 237-239. https://doi.org/10.1177/0844562120931623