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What's exciting about American Sentinel university's online programs?

American Sentinel University offers many dynamic distance learning degree programs in high-demand fields: an online associate degree program and bachelor’s degree program in GIS, online nursing and health care degree programs (including a Doctor of Nursing Practice), online technology degrees, and online master’s degree business management programs.

Our focus is positioning students for success in their careers, which we accomplish by offering affordable, accredited programs in fast-growing industries, unparalleled student support, and high-quality education in a flexible online format.

 

 

 

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  1. Apr 03, 2015

    I am two classes away from completing the MBA HC program! It was everything I wanted and everything I needed to stay on top of my position as Director

  2. Dec 08, 2015

    I have been a house supervisor in the organization where I currently work for the past eight years. It is an acute psychiatric facility. In my role as a house supervisor, I supervise many nurses who provide direct patient care. This position has caused me to come in close and frequent contact with new registered nurses (RN). I love to chit chat with new hires that are so green, some scared, and some ready to make their impact in nursing. Remembering how it was for me the first time I reported on the unit as a new RN, causes me to continue to practice, and I taken it upon myself to calm the nerves of the new RN and assure them that they are welcome and can be anything they want to be. In the role of a house supervisor. I believe that I have made some small contribution to the nursing profession by the impartation of knowledge of my keen interest in excellence in care delivery without compromise to the younger nurses that are coming up. These younger RN’s are those that will take care of us in the years to come, so what they have is what they will give. If nurses are taught best care delivery, they will in turn give the best care. If excellence is emphasized to a new nurse with reasons, and shown the result of excellence the tendency is that the new RN will give excellent care. I am talking about the practical side of nursing, the hands on nursing, things that you learn at bedside that is not learnt in the class room. So my life goal is to take the willing new nurses under my wing and teach them the tricks of the trade that are legal and most importantly, evidence based practice.

             I gave an example in one of the discussion forums about my experience when there was a push back in a new policy in our facility following a sentinel event we had. In that event, we lost a patient within 24 hours of his admission. Despite the fact that there was safety checks every 15 minutes, staff missed that a patient had passed away on our watch. Staff rounded and charted he was asleep even though he was dead. This was due to assumption that the patient was asleep. By the time the dreadful call came in to inform me the patient was dead, rigor mortis had already set in as he had been dead more than 8 hours since he was observed to be alive.

       During root cause analysis of that event, we identified things we could have done and should do differently to prevent such occurrence in our facility ever again. I also had the opportunity to looking up evidence-based practices related to intentional rounding to present as a poster presentation as part of our implementation phase to correct the gap in safety practice that could have contributed to not detecting this patient till he was cold. One of the way to establish and maintain safety was by checking the vital signs of all our new psychiatric patient admitted. We were determined to have 100% of staff participation and understanding of the reason for checking vital signs of new psychiatric patients every 4 hours for the first 24 hours of admission, despite the fact that night sleep is very important in the recovery of psychiatric patients. Some of our older nurses were pushing back and rightfully arguing that waking the patient up every four hours for the first 24 hours was counter-productive and was interfering with the patients’ recovery. So, it was also my responsibility to bring all night staff on board in supporting this new policy. Though staff will be written up for not complying with the policy, management wanted an initial staff total support as they will pass on the safety culture of our facility to new employees.

               In my role as a house supervisor, during our leadership meeting, I urged the administrator to swallow our pride and come clean by letting staff know that we failed this patient and his family when we did not keep him safe while he was in our care. I urged him to share the heart of the mother of the diseased patient who only wanted that the facility put a policy in place in the honor of his son, so no one else suffers the faith of her son ever again. We did and all staff were on board.

     In concluding, I would say that my role in my current position in the sentinel event in the facility that I currently work continues to be that of a teacher, advocate, encourager and a change agent and in small ways have contributed to nursing profession, thereby impacting patient care that has incorporated nurse-sensitive outcomes to promote safe, high-quality care. This policy has expanded to two other psychiatric facilities that are part of our health system.