The process of facilitating patient safety is one of the key tasks of a therapist; it is imperative that the former should not be exposed to any threat whatsoever and that every single element of the environment should galvanize the process of recovery. However, the level of involvement with the progress of the patient is often in an inverse proportion to the wellbeing of the therapist, as the case if Rau’s therapy shows. In spite of the difficulties related to maintaining balance between the provision of patient safety, the promotion of a patient-oriented approach and the encouragement of a more elaborate time management strategy, the adoption of the Neuman Systems Model will help satisfy every stakeholder by retaining the quality of care and at the same time reducing the stress rates of the environment that the therapist works in.
Methods for Efficacy Evaluation
Likert Scale as the Key Tool
When it comes to choosing the method for evaluating the efficacy of the Neuman Systems Model, one must admit that the implications of its implementation should be assessed based on the responses that the therapist has when exposed to certain stress factors. It is also crucial that the effects of the exposure to the above-mentioned factors should be assessed on the Likert-type scale. Thus, a better understanding of the changes that the therapist has experienced in the course of the ode implementation, can be evaluated. The Likert-type test implemented in the specified environment will create the premises for receiving instructions concerning the urgency of the issues, which may have emerged in the process of the intervention, as well as assess the progress made in an adequate manner.
Evaluating the Patient’s Progress: A Survey
The patient’s progress, in its turn, can be assessed with the help of two surveys, the first one being carried out prior to the intervention, and the second one conducted after the intervention is finished. The following comparison of the characteristics displayed by the patient will allow for an objective assessment of the progress that has been made in the course of the model implementation. More importantly, the progress rates need to be compared with those that the patient displayed prior to the adoption of the Neuman Systems Model in order to make sure that the latter has a positive effect on the patient (Bourdeanu & Dee, 2013).
Variables: Locating the Key Factors
Rates of Engagement in the Patient’s Life
As far as the independent variables involved in the study are concerned, the approach adopted by the therapist, the rates of involvement that the latter displays, and the support of family members can be viewed as the key factors in shaping the outcomes of the study. First and most obvious, the significance of the patient-centered approach as the basis for the nursing therapy framework and the further intervention must be assessed. While it is proven to be the most efficient strategy for advocating nursing interventions, it does require that the therapist should be outstandingly responsive to the patient’s needs and demands. The specified mode of professional behavior, however, often leads to the development of psychological disorders and a rapid increase in depression rates (Dogan, Totan & Sapmaz, 2012).
Support of the Family Members
Speaking of the support that both the patient and the therapist need in the course of the intervention, the encouragement of both parties’ family members is clearly among the most essential factors and independent variables to be included into the study. According to the DMS-V, the support of the family is essential for the patient’s recovery, as it allows for a strong emotional link between the latter and the family. The same can be said about the therapist; being on the verge of a psychological disorder caused by an unceasing control over the intervention, they require that the corresponding care should be provided to them as well (Charles & Carstensen, 2010). Last, but definitely not least, the significance of the introduction of a proper schedule has been stressed above, which suggests that the time management approach should also be integrated into the assessment framework and, therefore, be considered one of the independent factors.
The dependent factors, in their turn, are mostly restricted to the changes in the speed of the patient’s recovery and the depression rates displayed by the therapist at the end of each session. Induced by the factors listed above, the specified parameters can be evaluated with the help of a Likert-type scale test (for the patient) and a questionnaire with a series of questions regarding the therapist’s wellbeing, both emotional and physical ones. Because of the threat that the nurse is exposed to in the specified case, it is essential that the corresponding prevention measures should be applied so that depression should not progress (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
Disseminating Evidence: Key Stakeholders and the Nursing Community
The strategy described above can also be viewed as rather fruitful from the perspective of the nursing community; it satisfies all the stakeholders involved, including the patients, the nursing staff and the relatives. Indeed, there is no need to emphasize that the incorporation of the patient-centered approach and an efficient coping mechanism for the therapist to handle the stress is crucial for the successful outcomes of a therapy. The case in point displays in a rather graphic manner that the exhaustion experienced by the therapist may often be the aftereffect of the lack of involvement among the patient’s family members, as well as the members of the community, who are somehow related to the patient, Therefore, it is imperative that the patient should receive the support of the community. In other words, the analysis carried out above has proven that the involvement of the community is crucial for the outcomes of the therapy. Moreover, the support that a patient may drive from the social environment that they live in may ease the tension that the therapist experiences when becoming involved with the patient’s progress.
Apart from the stakeholders mentioned above, the dissemination of the study results must also be provided for the members of the nursing community. While personal involvement is one of the factors that lead to the therapist developing weariness and the following depression, the support of other nursing community members is also essential for the efficacy of the therapy. Specifically, the incorporation of a more elaborate schedule into the framework of the nurses; operation should be considered. Providing both the patient and the therapist with the tools that allow for a faster recovery and an efficient intervention may seem complicated, yet, in most cases, it boils down to a proper time management approach and the choice of the patient-centered model of therapy.
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