Health Assessment and Communication

| July 23, 2019

Conduct a health assessment of a population of your choice. Explain the process and summarize the results.

Effective communication is one of the most critical skills a health care  provider can master. Nurses communicate to a variety of individuals  with a range of educational levels who come from diverse settings.

Suggested Resources

To help you prepare for this assessment, review the resources you  used and the assessments you completed in BSN-FP4002, BSN-FP4010, and  BSN-FP4014.

Preparation

To prepare for this assessment, you will need to think about  changes you feel are needed to address a problem either within nursing  as a professional field or within the organization where you work.  Narrow down your options by considering which change would best be  undertaken by an interprofessional team. Some examples for you to  consider might include:

  • The use of mobile and portable technology to support patients.
  • Using evidence-based practice (EBP) to improve patient care.
  • Increasing patient safety and quality of care.
  • The use of medical technology such as genes and stem cells, or robots in the OR.
  • Addressing the nursing shortage now and into the future.
  • Improving the work environment (providing calm, supportive spaces  for nurses; improved dialog between health care professionals).
  • Better safety for nurses at work (violence, spreading diseases, physical injury).
  • Substance abuse by health care professionals.

Or you can narrow the scope to an issue within your own organization:

  • Developing a mobility program for an inpatient unit.
  • Implementing “smart” technology to assist in patient monitoring.
  • Creating a mentoring program to attract and retain nurses.
  • Implementing protocols for infection control and/or treatment of an epidemic.
  • Developing a plan to eliminate physical violence and verbal abuse in the workplace.
  • Other.

Once you have selected an issue to address, look for scholarly and  professional articles that focus on the problem, the needed change, and  how interprofessional teams can work together to drive change.

Requirements

Lately you have noticed the need for changes within your  organization that would advance the field of nursing. You have decided  to develop a proposal and submit it to executive leadership. Format this  assessment as a professional proposal. You may want to look at how  proposals are drafted within your organization and follow that format.  You will still need a references page; follow APA guidelines for in-text  citations and references.

Address the following in your proposal:

  • Briefly describe the problem and how it impacts the organization, patients, and/or the nursing profession.
  • Describe possible evidence-based interventions for the problem.
  • Analyze potential barriers and resistance to change that might come from the organization, patients, and/or colleagues.
  • Describe strategies to overcome barriers and resistance to change.
  • Develop a plan to implement evidence-based interventions. What steps would you take? What resources might you need?
  • Identify other health care professionals to enlist as team members to help drive change in the organization.

Your completed assessment should be 4–6 pages in length, not  including title page and references page. Support your statements and  intervention plan with references to and citations for at least four  scholarly or professional resources.

Additional Requirements

  • Include a title page and references page.
  • Reference at least four current scholarly or professional resources.
  • Use APA format for citations and references.
  • Use Times New Roman font, 12 point.
  • Double space.

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