As a nurse, maintaining a professional standard of conduct is essential to ensuring the safety and well-being of your patients. Avoiding disciplinary actions that impact your career and reputation is also crucial.
The Health Care Association of New Jersey provides several guidelines for best practices. However, they are only meant for guidance and not legal advice promoted by counsel.
Follow policies for your facility
Every healthcare facility has policies in place to ensure the safety of patients and staff. It is vital to familiarize yourself with these policies and follow them consistently. Failure to comply with policies can lead to disciplinary action, so ensure you understand the protocols.
Remain within your discipline
Each nurse has a license to practice within a defined area. Do not perform tasks beyond your scope of practice, as it can lead to disciplinary action. Understand what you are legally permitted to do and refer to other professionals when necessary.
Document all your actions
Proper documentation is a crucial aspect of nursing practice. It is essential to document accurately and consistently to ensure continuity of care and accountability. Inadequate or incomplete documentation can lead to disciplinary actions or legal implications. If you must modify an entry, be sure to do so in compliance with the regulations.
Communication is critical in healthcare. Ensure you communicate clearly and effectively with your colleagues, patients, and their families. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, errors, and, ultimately, disciplinary action.
Nurses have a critical role in healthcare, and it is essential to maintain high professionalism and adhere to best practices. By following the above best practices, you can avoid disciplinary actions, ensure patient safety and maintain a successful career in nursing.
Clinical – Health Care Association of New Jersey. (2017, May 18). Health Care Association of New Jersey.