Under the domain of care management one must: “Demonstrate knowledge of effective inter-professional working practices which respect and utilize the contributions of members of the health and social care team, Delegate duties to others, as appropriate, ensuring that they are supervised and monitored and Demonstrate key skills (such as literacy, numeracy and computer skills needed to record, enter, store, retrieve and organize data essential for care delivery “(NMC 2004).
The term management “is a process of coordination and integration of resources through planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling to accomplish specific institutional goals and objectives” (Huber 2006).
While being in charge I find it difficult to manage and it seemed as if tasks would increase as I was often interrupted by patients who needed assistant.
However, having experience this, I realized the ability to manage my time effectively is very important.
When I was in charge of a bay, I was involved in assessing, delegating and prioritizing patients’ needs, ensuring tasks such as patient washes, bed change and the drug round (using the seven rights) was completed safely and in an appropriate time.
I also had to ensure tasks were being completed and that the workload was disturbed evenly with appropriate help.I was also involved in a working with and exchanging information in a multidisciplinary team, such as doctors, surgeons, physiotherapist and social workers.In order to succeed in care management, there are many skills one must acquire and build on. Time management is making optimal use of time available.Third is reprioritizing tasks when there is new information (Marquis and Huston 2009).Student nurses will go through a period of transition when they have qualified.In relation to care management the care of patients/clients goes through this process of being planned, organized, coordinated, directed and controlled (with input from the clients themselves) by the individual in charge of their care.My experience of care management was both exciting and terrifying.On reflecting on how I have manage my time so far, I will be able to identify areas I need to further develop with an action plan/goals to work towards..During an episode of my care management, the ward was under staff.As my mentor was a sister she was in charge and often out of my bay and I was alone.During that time managing my patients was difficult as a lot of tasks needed to be complete, such as bed baths, bed change, patient feeding, observations, patient assistant in transferring, daily wound dressing and paper work such as fluid and food charts.