1. Demonstrated high level interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
In my career, I interact with people from various backgrounds. Through conversing and working closely with different people, I have developed high interpersonal and verbal communication skills and the ability to be sensitive and tactful in my communications.
As a assistant Nurse, when working with patients and families I am mindful of my choice of words and use appropriate language to avoid conflict and miscommunication. This not only includes verbal communication but also includes body language which plays a big part in the way patient centred care is delivered. Furthermore, upon past successful handovers I have expressed clear, concise and objective data.
I also have effective written communication skills. In my role as a assistant Nurse, I am required to document all patient responses to direct care/assistance given. This also includes producing written communications by way of progress notes and clinical records in accordance with the plan of care and organisational protocols.
2. Demonstrated clinical knowledge and clinical problem solvingabilities.
Clinical knowledge requires that I explore the nursing profession’s beliefs and discard those without merit. By way, as an AIN I have outsourced and delivered evidence based practice (EBP) to support solutions and answers to point of care as per clinical access portal (CIAP).
According to CIAP one clinically EBP is that regularly repositioning a patient from side to side prevents bedsores. This means that there is clinical evidence in support of this statement; therefore during my placements to prevent bedsores I continuously repositioned patients.
In my current role as an Assistant in Nursing, I apply critical thinking and effective problem solving skills in my everyday tasks. I use clinical reasoning to collect and process cues in order to understand a patient problems and progress. Where a problem is indentified, I apply my clinical knowledge to determine the issues and where required initiate questions in order to ascertain solutions.
3. Demonstrated ability to work within a team
Throughout the course of my career, I have worked effectively in various team environments with people of different backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, learning, collaborating and being able to make a contribution.
In my current role as a assistant Nurse, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with members of a multidisciplinary team. This includes but are not limited to working with general practitioners; practice nurses; community health nurses; allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers and Health Workers.
Through my experience, I have acquired an understanding of the important role of the multi-disciplinary team and the valuable contribution each member makes to the care provided to a patient.
As a Nurse, it is important that a patient’s requirements are clearly communicated during a staff handover; furthermore observations and assessments are documented so that as a team effective Patient care is provided.
4. An understanding of the professional, ethical and legal requirements of the Registered Nurse or Midwife.
I must keep a professional relationship with staff and patients in the workplace to maintain my professional nursing reputation and hospital status. Keeping a professional relationship with others involves avoiding unnecessary talk about staff to patients and taking the necessary action to work and resolve problems with colleagues as they arise oppose to involving other uninvolved work colleagues.
Ethical values ensure that I provide quality care to a patient without the intent to harm but to work towards building positive patient outcomes. Healthcare data is to be handled in a way which meets standards and complies with privacy and confidentiality laws.
I have a legal obligation to work within my scope of practice to ensure the safety and quality care is provided to the patient. It is my legal responsibility to prevent harm, and legally report any unsafe and unprofessional practice while integrating safe and effective nursing care.
5. A demonstrated understanding of the role of the Registered Nurse or Midwife in applying continuous improvement and quality and safety.
Working within the medical/health field, there are ongoing new technologies and research breakthroughs which may affect the treatment and interventions of health care conditions. Many of these changes will affect the way we conduct our assessments and procedures.
As a nurse it is essential that I complete ongoing training and education. This involves maintaining a minimum of 20 hours of training per registration period to enhance my skills and knowledge in providing quality care. Continuous assessment improvements include CPR re-assessment training, in services and the DETECT assessments, all which will aid nurses to recognise and act for the safety of patients.
I will utilise CIAP online, including face to face workshops and live online seminars to stay up to date with the latest clinical proven EBP. I will successfully complete eLearning modules and live online training accessible from HETTI online module.
6. A demonstrated understanding of NSW Health’s CORE Values –Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.
Within NSW health, the CORE values that all staff must adhere to in order to maintain a positive working culture is:
Collaboration; I will collaborate with other health team members towards the common goal of providing person centred care. This involves striving to develop a strong and successful team.
Openness; I will be approachable and receptive by providing open communication to foster greater confidence and cooperation from staff. Openness and transparency will allow our community and to build greater trust in the NSW government health system.
Respect; I will treat patients and colleagues with compassion, respect and dignity. I believe this is a fundamental right and all staff are responsible for work place culture and performance; hence a zero tolerance for bullying.
Empowerment: I will support and encourage decision making and innovation. With decision-making comes responsibility and accountability. I will empower myself to make a difference in the workplace.