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Assertive Advocacy, Competence and Authority: What RNs Need to Know About Acuity Tools, Patient Classification Systems, and Safe Staffing
Patient classification systems (PCS), also known as patient acuity systems, have been in use since the late 1980s. They were originally adapted from industrial time and motion models to manage workloads by identifying and quantifying repetitive tasks and patient needs that can be standardized, measured and timed. This course will review the limitations of these systems which are hostile to the interests of patients. The purpose of the patient classification/ acuity tool is to determine individual patient needs and care requirements, while utilizing standards mandated by laws and regulations.
The PCS incorporates the long standing and critical five point scientific patient care model (nursing process) which codifies that the RN is responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and patient advocacy of each patient. The tool places heavy emphasis on the clinical, scientific and technical components of patient care being mindful of the patient’s response to disease/ illness, complications, as well as the patient’s response to the treatment prescribed. RNs must exercise independent competent clinical judgment at all times in determining their patients’ individual needs and care requirements and must do so exclusively in the interest of their patients.
Oct. 13 - Dec. 4, 2014