Critical Discussion and Reflection
Reflect upon voice recording and critically discuss the leadership role of the Registered Nurse in ensuring delivery of quality and safe patient care
Critical discussion essay
The Registered Nurse is required to demonstrate a variety of leadership skills to be an effective leader within the healthcare team. Reflect upon and critically discuss the leadership role of the Registered Nurse in ensuring delivery of quality and safe patient care. You must draw upon the voice-recording interview provided & relevant literature to support the discussion.
You must listen to the voice recording that involves a Director of Nursing from a public healthcare organisation.
Find the attachment recorded voices interviews.
Write the essay in 3rd person.
Unit learning outcomes, Graduate Learning Outcomes:
The assignment addresses the following;
ULO1 Reflect upon the Registered Nurse’s role as a leader in the health care team
ULO4 Critique the principles and processes of clinical risk management and their application in health care domains
ULO6 Reflect on the importance of continuous professional development in preparation for transition to the role of Registered Nurse
GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession
GLO2 Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change
GLO3 Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information
GLO4 Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment
GLO5 Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems
GLO6 Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions
Some tip how to do it!
Critically discussing write leadership roles of RN, and may also need to write some arugement around these roles, by compare between your view and the arguement, and evaluating.Make sure you tie the leadership role of the RN to ensuring quality and safe care delivery.
You may choose to very briefly explain a certain leadership style to give context to how it promotes quality and safe care but the assessment is not about ‘what is leadership’.
You may or may not refer to Lucy’s voice-recording interview but the assessment is not about structuring your assessment around what Lucy thinks, it is about you critically discussing what you believe the leadership role of the RN is in ensuring quality and safe care.
Any information that you draw upon from the voice recording must be referenced accordingly. To clarify the essence of the essay however, the recording is to provide a stimulus only- the essay is not to all being about what Lucy has said. Rather, it is hoped that Lucy’s interview will provoke thought.
You will need to attach the appendix whether you draw on it in the essay or not as digital literacy is one of the GLO’s for the unit and the assessment (as per unit guide).
Write about effective communication, patient centered care and critical thinking/ analysis skills being vital leadership skills of an RN in preventing falls, medication errors and pressure sores – make sure you explain the links between leadership skills and preventing harms.
Must contain a purposeful introduction that outlines what will be discussed in the assignment.
The body of the assignment will constitute about 80% of the word limit and provide key arguments supported by relevant literature. The body of the assignment is normally organised in paragraphs of approximately 100-150 words with each paragraph focused on explanation of one idea. There should be a logical progression of ideas as demonstrated by logically linked arguments/points made in each paragraph. Each paragraph should commence with a topic sentence and end with a link to the next paragraph. The conclusion should provide a summation of ideas that draws the discussion together and offers the student’s position drawn from the discussion. The conclusion paragraph should not present any new material (references are not expected).
Front page: to include student name and number, essay title and word count.
Spacing: double spacing, with the exception of the reference list page which is to be single spaced
Font and size: 12 point Arial or Calibri
Adhere to word limit requirements (within 10%). The word count does not include headings, references page, reference citations and direct quotes.
Margins should be as follows: Left 4cm; top, bottom, right 2cm
A reference list should be provided and be on a separate page headed ‘References’ at the end of the essay
Appendices (if applicable) are attached after the reference list page
Table of contents: Do not include a table of contents unless instructed to do so
Headings to be used in essays of >3,000 words
Provide page numbers on each page not including title page
Student number should be included in the header
sources should be up to 8 years but if it is a seminal article then the age of the article does not matter
Reference Dr Lucy’s interview as streaming ‘recorded voice.’
appendix at the end of the assessment
Books you can use:
1. Patient safety and healthcare improvement at a glance / edited by Sukhmeet S. Panesar, Andrew Carson-Stevens, Sarah A. Salvilla, Aziz Sheikh.
2. Critical conversations for patient safety : an essential guide for health professionals / edited by Tracy Levett-Jones ; foreword by Bruce Barraclough.
3. Leadership & nursing : contemporary perspectives / John Daly, Sandra Speedy, Debra Jackson.
4. Transitions in nursing : preparing for professional practice / Esther Chang, John Daly.
Per review Journals……Anything you find relevant.
Referencing style: Harvard
Author, Initials year, Title of book, edition/volume, Editor/Reviser/Translator/Compiler, Publisher, City.
Author, Initials year, ‘Title of article’, Title of Journal, volume number, issue number, page numbers.
Author, Initials year, ‘Title of article’, Title of Journal, volume number, issue number, page numbers of article, DOI
Author, Initials year, ‘Title of article’, Title of Journal, volume number, issue number, page numbers of article, date retrieved,
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