Management and Leadership in Nursing Practice

Managementand Leadership in Nursing Practice



Itbreaks my heart anytime someone is sentenced to a long imprisonmentor even death just because this someone was lending a helping hand.We are all human beings and so at risk of many vices includingdiseases. In the recent past, Mike, a nurse was sentenced to death bya court of justice. You are asking why? Ok, I will tell you. Thispaper looks at the unfair judgment given to not only Mike but medicalpractitioners at large. The paper intends to bring to light thevulnerability that nurses face and increase the public visibility andcredibility of nursing. The research is directed to the public atlarge, but most specifically, the judicial service and the hospitalmanagement.

DecidingOn My Message

Themessage of my research is harsh judgment given to medicalpractitioners, either by the public or the hospital management. Isettled on this message after seeing the way Mike, a nurse at apublic hospital was sentenced to death! The hospital management,instead of coming to Mike’s rescue, it drilled the last nail toMike’s coffin by going along with the judgment given to Mike.Before that, the hospital management had already suspended Mike. Onemorning, at wee hours of that fateful day, Mike had just finishedattending to a pregnant mother who had successfully given birth totwins. Feeling relaxed and a bit sleepy at his desk, at around 2 inthe morning, he heard the watchman calling him to come and help sincethere was an emergency. Without hesitating, Mike runs to the taxithat is at the hospital entrance. With the help of the watchman andthe taxi driver, the patient who was bleeding profusely is broughtinside the hospital. Mike was the only care giver present thatmorning so he had to attend to the patient. After checking thepatient, Mike realized that the patient had tried to abort. Whoeverhad brought in the patient, begged Mike to do whatever it takes tosave the patient’s life. “Why was she trying to abort?” Mikeasked the man who came with the patient. “I don’t have an ideadoctor, just save her please.” He replied. All Mike had to do wasto prescribe some medicine for the patient and try to stop thehemorrhage so as to save the patient’s life since he could notremove the zygote. That is what he did exactly! The patient, thoughunconscious, was out of danger. Mike communicated with thegynecologist doctor and told her there was an emergency she was toattend to. The patient was put to rest and at around 7.30 AM, Mike’sshift was over and he left the patient with another nurse who tookover from him. Mike told the fellow nurse that he had already calledthe hospital’s gynecologist who was to come and attend to thepatient. He left. Hours later, while resting at home, Mike was calledby a fellow nurse to inform him that the patient he attended to hadpassed on. “But she was out of danger when I left, what happened?”Mike asked. “Rumors are saying that you helped her abort so shedied from copious bleeding.” His colleague answered. “How could Ihave done that when am not a doctor?” Mike retorted. The hospitalwas sued for negligence but later the management said it was Mike whoattended to the deceased. Mike was sued and charged with two murders.The truth is Mike never removed the zygote, he just administeredmedication. He was eventually sentenced to death. No one has come toMike’s rescue yet. He has appealed but nothing is done[ CITATION Ele08 l 1033 ].

Thetruth is Mike was not negligence. Neither did he perform an abortionon the deceased. He was just but trying to save a life![ CITATION Mur13 l 1033 ].Thepatient had tried aborting but Mike helped to keep the zygote intactthrough the medication he gave her! He could not have removed thezygote since he was not a doctor! All Mike had to do to try save thepatient’s life was to give her medicine. It was not Mike’s faultthat the deceased was trying to abort! Had Mike known thatadministering medication and caring for the patient would have landedhim into trouble, he wouldn’t have done it. I have shared thismessage so the public can know what exactly happened. The relevanceof this message is to make the public know what nurses go through andto alert other nurses as well. By sharing Mike’s story, my aim isto make the judicial service know that Mike did not deserve thejudgment and to let the public understand that nursing profession isan important role in the society, and that nurses do their best tosave the public’s life.

DecidingOn How to Share My Message

Ihave decided to share this message everywhere, including the socialmedia so that everyone can have and understanding of what medicalpractitioners go through. I will do public speaking in various forumsand podiums just to pass the message across [ CITATION Sul12 l 1033 ].I will speak at any government functions, and I might decide to putit down in a book. I will select the media, televisions, newspapersand radios since my target group is everywhere. I am going tofollow-up my submission just to make sure it is aired and published.My target group is the entire public, but more specifically, hospitalmanagements and judicial services. I know it is not going to be easyto pass across this message especially to judicial service, so I amplanning of having a legal team to tackle Mike’s case so as to getmy message out.I have learned, from mike’s case that people thinkthat nursing is not important that is why it is brushed aside andnever discussed in media.


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