Change does not appear to be an issue in many organizations. However, resistance to change has always been an enormous problem to organization since most employees prefer the status quo. In a nursing setup, the manager should work on reducing resistance by ensuring that the impending changes are announced as quickly as possible. When employees are informed of impending changes earlier, they can begin to adapt through their emotions. Regular communication is necessary to eliminate uncertainty. In addition, all interested parties should be involved in the change to support the change process.
Hand hygiene is vital in the deterrence of health infections, particularly when dealing with patients. Washing or decontaminating one’s hand is one of the appropriate ways to avert the spread of germs. Nurses usually use gels to decontaminate their hands after handling patients, as gels are known to eliminate most of the germs, in addition to maintain low moisture on the skin. However, gels should not be used alone in preventing health associated infections because they do not remove visible contaminations, such as soil and color. Thus, gels should be accompanied by hand wash to eliminate visible dirt.
Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recognized the need to protect nursing staff from acts of vulgarity, bullying, and violence while at their workplaces. ANA has dedicated much of its efforts to prevent workplace violence through advocacy, policy, as well as resources, since no federal standards are in place to prevent hostility in the workplaces. According to Yoder-Wise, a written workplace policy should be given to all employees to inform them of acceptable workplace behavior (509). ANA’s position is that no form of violation among nursing profession should be tolerated as nurses and other subordinates staff should collaborate to establish a culture of respect. Through the steering and advisory committees in various healthcare setups, ANA has implemented evidence-based strategies to avert and mitigate acts of bullying and discourteousness at the workplace.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has set Code of Ethics to steer the performance of health information management (HIM). The Code of Ethics advocates, uphold, and safeguard individuals’ rights through maintaining privacy and confidentiality of information (McWay 97). Welfare of individuals is considered first before self-interests. In addition, healthcare professionals should avoid participating in unethical practices that could interfere with their professional ethics. Code of Ethics is critical in my profession because it assists me in observing morals at work. Code of Ethics should not be changed. Instead, it should be emphasized in all levels in the healthcare to enhance patient needs.
AHIMA has a strong Code of Ethics, which summarizes the ethical principles that replicate the elementary values of health professionals. All professionals should have principles of ethics to assist in making decisions, in addition to protecting the organization’s reputation and legal status in case of violation of ethics by some employees. Hence, other healthcare professionals have established Code of Ethics to determine the practice and conduct of their work (Davis and LaCour 30). In HIM, Code of Ethics covers on best practices, which include data quality, confidentiality, and privacy in accessing health information. Other professions have different targets, depending on employee responsibilities.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been in place since 1996 to guide on national standards for electronic healthcare transactions. HIPPAA regulations focus on both privacy and security, especially on patient information; hence, it does not apply in all situations. Although security and privacy are distinct concepts, they are interrelated. Confidentiality involves the use of discretion while disclosing health information (Davis and LaCour 411). For instance, physicians should not reveal patient information to anyone without authorization. While the privacy rule concerns the right to control the use of personal information, security rule revolves around administrative and technical protection of health information from unauthorized individuals. Privacy rule restrains medical professionals to inform insurance companies of certain illness that a client is suffering from while security rule safeguards electronic storage of patient information.
“Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence.” American Nurses Association (2016). Web. 6 April2016.
Davis, Nadinia A. and Melissa LaCour. Foundations of Health Information Management. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier, 2016. Print.
McWay, Dana C. Today’s Health Information Management: An Integrated Approach. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar/Cengage Learning, 2014. Internet resource.
Yoder-Wise, Patricia S. Leading and Managing in Nursing – Revised Reprint. London: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013. Internet resource.