The BSN Essentials (AACN, 2008) define a variety of healthcare policy and advocacy competencies for BSN-prepared nurses. Reflect on the NUR3805 course readings, discussion threads, and applications you completed throughout this course and write a reflective essay about how prepared you feel you are now to:

â€Exhibit proficiency in the use of patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that promote safe nursing practice.
In a variety of healthcare settings, use telecommunication technologies to aid in effective communication.
To support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers, embed safeguards and decision-making support tools in patient care technologies and information systems.
Learn how to use CIS systems to document interventions aimed at achieving nurse-sensitive outcomes.
In a care environment that reflects nursingâ€TMs unique contribution to patient outcomes, use standardized terminology.
To inform care delivery, evaluate data from all relevant sources, including technology.
Recognize the importance of information technology in improving patient outcomes and fostering a safe care environment.
Maintain high ethical standards in data security, regulatory compliance, confidentiality, and the right of clients to privacy.
Use patient­care technologies as needed to meet the needs of a diverse patient population.
Advocate for the use of new patient care technologies in order to provide safe, high-quality care.
Recognize that in order to facilitate nursing practice, the redesign of workflow and care processes should come before the implementation of care technology.
Participate in the evaluation of information systems in practice settings by developing policies and procedures.
Use developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches to conduct comprehensive and focused physical, behavioral, psychological, spiritual, socioeconomic, and environmental assessments of health and illness parameters in patients.
Recognize the relationship of genetics and genomics to health, prevention, screening, diagnostics, prognostics, treatment selection, and treatment effectiveness using a constructed pedigree based on family history information as well as standardized symbols and terminology.
Implement holistic, patient ­centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical management, and nursing management across the health illness continuum, throughout the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings.
Effectively communicate with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and his or her support network.
Provide compassionate, patient-centered, evidence-based care that takes into account patient and family preferences.
Implement patient and family care centered on resolving end-of-life and palliative care issues such as symptom management, ritual support, and respect for patient and family preferences.
To encourage patient engagement in their care, provide appropriate patient teaching that takes into account developmental stage, age, culture, spirituality, patient preferences, and health literacy considerations.
Implement evidence-based nursing interventions as needed to manage patients’ acute and chronic care and to promote health across the lifespan.
Analyze client outcomes to determine the efficacy of psychobiological interventions.
To promote safe care, facilitate patient-centered transitions of care, including discharge planning and ensuring caregiver knowledge of care requirements.
Within healthcare microsystems, provide nursing care based on evidence that contributes to safe and high-quality patient outcomes.
Create a safe environment for patient care that results in high-quality patient outcomes.
Based on an ongoing evaluation of patient outcomes, revise the plan of care.
When delegating to and supervising other members of the healthcare team, demonstrate clinical judgment and accountability for patient outcomes.
Manage care for a group of people whose workload is similar to that of a new practitioner in terms of health, independence, and quality of life.
Demonstrate the use of psychomotor skills in the delivery of efficient, safe, and compassionate patient care.
Develop a basic understanding of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its role in health care.
Develop an understanding of patients’ and healthcare professionals’ spiritual beliefs and values, as well as how those beliefs and values affect health care.
Manage the interaction of multiple functional problems that affect patients throughout their lives, including common geriatric syndromes.
Understand one’s role and participation in emergency preparedness and disaster response by being aware of environmental factors and the dangers they pose to oneself and patients.
Care and healing techniques that promote a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship should be used.
Show tolerance for the world’s ambiguity and unpredictability, as well as its impact on the healthcare system as it relates to nursing practice.
– (pp. 18-19, 31-32).