Recognizing the Role of Adhering to the Standard of Care

Assignment 1: Recognizing the Role of Adhering to the Standard of Care

When providing health care, there are standards of care which a reasonably prudent provider should follow. Providers at all levels are held to these standards of care. Failure to provide competent care to your patients will put you at risk for malpractice. Remaining current with the evidenced-based guidelines and providing optimal care will minimize the risk of liability.

For this Assignment, you will create a PowerPoint presentation that explains any legal implications that exist for failure to adhere to a standard of care, the key elements of malpractice, and compare the differences in malpractice policy options.

To prepare:

· Consider the importance of using professional resources such as the National Guideline Clearinghouse to guide care delivered

Create a PowerPoint presentation no more than 15 slides in length that addresses the following:

· Identify and explain any legal implications that exist for failure to adhere to a standard of care

· Identify and explain the key elements of malpractice

· Compare the differences in malpractice policy options

Please include references within the last 5 years.

Practicum Journal

Being a reflective practitioner enables NPs to identify weaknesses and target professional development in order to address these weaknesses. In turn, this increases the NPs’ ability to provide the best care to patients and their families. Reflection also affords the NP time to consider communication and their efforts toward creating a culture of mutual support with colleagues, a characteristic that is essential to successful NP practice (Somerville & Keeling, 2004).

Each week you will complete a Journal Entry that prompts you to reflect on your Practicum Experiences and how they relate to your Professional Goals and Self-Assessment of Clinical Skills. This week you will begin documenting your Practicum Experiences in your Practicum Journal.

Week 1 Journal

To prepare

For this course’s Practicum Experience, address the following in your Practicum Journal:

· From your perspective, explain the role of nurse practitioners in clinical settings

· Develop goals and objectives for the Practicum Experience in this course

· Create a proposed timeline of practicum activities based on your practicum requirements.

Week 2 Journal

Continue documenting your Practicum Experiences in your Practicum Journal. Reflect on your practicum experiences and relate them to your Professional Goals and Self-Assessment of Clinical Skills that you identified in Week 1.

Week 3 Journal

Continue documenting your Practicum Experiences in your Practicum Journal. Reflect on your Practicum Experiences and relate them to your Professional Goals and Self-Assessment of Clinical Skills that you identified in Week 1.

Week 4 Journal

Continue documenting your Practicum Experiences in your Practicum Journal. Reflect on your Practicum Experiences and relate them to your Professional Goals and Self-Assessment of Clinical Skills that you identified in Week 1.

The Practicum Journals for Weeks 1 – 4 are due by Day 7 of Week 4.

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