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Assignment 1 - Written Assignment
Weight: 30%
Must Complete: Yes
Word Length: 1500 (+/- 10%)
Notes: Written Assignment
Due Date: 25th July
Assessment 1: Safeguarding patient care
This assignment examines roles and responsibilities nurses have in relation making decisions about practice aiming to keep patients safe in Australian healthcare. As a core skill for a nurses reflection is a conscious effort to think systematically about an activity or incident that allows us to consider what was positive or challenging and if appropriate plan how it might be enhanced, improved or done differently in the future. (please watch the Josie’s case study video)
Case study
In 2001, 18-month-old Josie King died of dehydration and a wrongly administered narcotic while an inpatient at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her mother, Sorrel King, tells the story of how this happened and explains her role as a consumer (parent) in improving patient safety.
*Please note Josie’s story is a confronting and avoidable tragic incident that occurred in a hospital. Please be aware that it may cause you distress and seek support if you need it.
The Josie King Story
In preparation for the assessment task
1. view - the video of Josie’s story
2. review – the associated relevant documents below
i. Review the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards of Practice

ii. Australian Commission Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards: Partnering with consumer standard and follow to the link Partnering with patients in their own care.
Part 1 – Report (1000) 20marks
Registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives are responsible for making professional judgements about when an activity is within their scope of practice and, when it is not, for initiating consultation and collaboration with, or referral to, other members of the healthcare team.
1. Identify and critically discuss the factors that may have contributed to Josie King’s death? Within the discussion focus on the registered nurses’ values and attitudes impact on the RNs responsibilities in keeping patients safe.
2. When discussing the factors identified in point 1, apply the NMBA Registered nurses’ standards and discuss the responsibilities of the RN that prevents events such as Josie’s death.
Part 2 – Reflect (500) 10marks
1. Write a reflection on how Josie’s story impacts you and your future role as a registered nurse in safeguarding patient care. Focus on what challenges you in partnering with patients so they feel respected and included in decisions about their health care. Ensure your reflection is linked to and flows logically from issues and practice principles raised in part 1.
* You are expected support all sections of this paper with quality references applicable to the Australian context.
Marking Rubric The marking rubric provided below should be used as a guide for you when preparing your assignment.
Please use appropriate in-text and end-text referencing from an appropriate scholarly source and APA version 7. The content of your report should contain information extracted from scholarly journals, books policies, professional standards (i.e. do not rely on Moodle learning notes, newspaper articles, or your personal experience).