Make a follow-up of a student’s weekly discussion and respond with your opinion regarding to her post
——You don’t have to post this in APA format necessarily, it’s just giving feedback to the student with a paragraph, it doesn’t have to be a lot of text—-
Hello professor and Class:
We deal with bureaucracy on a daily basis and rarely pause to think about it because we are constantly in a hurry. Perhaps not you, but certainly me. I’d like to discuss healthcare bureaucracy, specifically as it relates to the nursing profession. I discovered a number of articles when searching for them, but the majority are pretty contentious. My personal experiences with so-called “red tape” were not always pleasant, but I can’t say I don’t appreciate the importance of following certain protocols in order to obtain a result. For example, as a somewhat inexperienced RN starting a new career at the hospital, I went through an intensive orientation that included both clinical and administrative components. I can’t even count the number of pages of paperwork I had to sign in person and online during my first week on the job. Several policies and procedures were recognized and signed for. It took three full days of in-person orientation and two virtual orientation days before I was even allowed to view the actual unit for which I was hired. According to one source, “bureaucracy itself contributes to the paralysis of mental processes, hence affecting healthcare delivery” (Efthymiou, 2019). On the one hand, I appreciate the necessity to go through the documentation signing procedure with each employee, but it was an unnecessary and odd waste of time.
Another contact with bureaucracy that we as nurses face on a daily basis is our enormous documentation, which can be self-repetitive at times and stops us from providing adequate patient care. It’s understandable that documentation is a vital component of the nurse job description, and I don’t mind doing it up to a point until it gets burdensome and time-consuming. Personally, I prefer talking with my patients and spending time with those who need it the most, but paperwork/charting takes up too much time and detracts from patient-centered nursing care. I must accept that there is always a need for “red tape” procedures and laws that protect the rights and well-being of patients. For example, “one man’s red tape is another man’s protection” when it comes to double and triple inspecting and recording proper surgery sites (Van Loon, 2017). Certain topics cannot be overstated, but there are areas that would benefit from fewer bureaucratic measures, which would undoubtedly improve staff performance and patient outcomes.
Efthymiou, C. (2019). Dystopian levels of bureaucracy distract us from treating patients. BMJ (Online). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2334 (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Van Loon, N (2017). From Red Tape to Which Performance Results? Exploring the Relationship between Red Tape and Various Dimensions of Performance in Healthcare Work Units. Public Administration (London), 95(1), 60–77. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12294