Incident Based Peer Review Paper

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Incident Based Peer Review Christy Hernandez Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare NURS 4383 October 22, 2015 Incident Based Peer Review The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON, 2015) specifically defines peer review as the evaluation of nursing services, the qualifications of a nurse, the quality of patient care rendered by nurses, the merits of a complaint concerning a nurse or nursing care, and a determination or recommendation regarding a complaint. The TBON (2015) continues to examine the components which include; • the evaluation of the accuracy of a nursing assessment and observation and the appropriateness and quality of the care rendered by a nurse; • a report made to a nursing peer review…show more content…
If I were ever to make a mistake in my nursing care or judgements, I do believe that I am offered a true non-biased platform in which to explain myself and be heard without pre-judgement by my peers. I think that most nurses worry about that to some extent, knowing that mistakes can easily happen and in one fail swoop, your license and livelihood could be jeopardized. According to the TBON (2015) Rule 217.19, establishes that there is a due process that must be followed in good faith of a thorough review that is fair and just. In this process, the nurse has rights that minimally should provide proper notification of the peer review process, explain that their performance is being reviewed by the committee, proper and timely notification of the intended review date, along with a complete description of the events and circumstances that are called into question (TBON,…show more content…
HCA Clear Lake has many modalities in place to encourage reporting of errors. Educational programs are placed on our employee Health stream site, an on-line learning tool that keeps us updated with policies, procedure, competencies, and guidelines. In addition to this, communication has been opened that allows nurses to express their concerns regarding reporting errors. It has taken some time, but it is truly effective, and errors are being reported openly and with less apprehension than before. Ultimately, the idea of patient safety as the number one priority has been reinforced so many times, on so many different platforms, that it has become hard wired into our daily goals. This has always been the intention but sometimes delivery of the message is lost in the daily grind (C. Garcia, personal interview, October 22,

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