The main purpose of any model of nursing care and patient safety is to present appropriate and in-time services and treatment to a patient. Each model has its peculiarities, weaknesses, and strengths due to which it may be related to several issues raised in the ANA Code of Ethics. Personal practice proves that the team nursing care delivery model promotes the beginners with good chances to get necessary practice, share personal theoretical backgrounds, and study how to work with different people.
The chosen model is of hierarchical type (Tiedeman & Lookinland, 2004), this is why it is necessary to choose a leader and assign the duties to be performed by each member of a team. Taking into consideration its features, it is possible to say that this model certainly relates to the ANA Code of Ethics where the principles of appropriate nursing behavior like respect for human dignity, professional relation to patients, and, of course, development of relations between colleagues are identified.
One of the fundamental principles supported by the Code is the necessity to recognize the needs of people around and the idea of human rights (ANA Code of Ethics, n.d.). The team nursing care delivery model underlines the importance to respect and consider human rights and demands as any other nursing care model. Without respect for human dignity, it is hard to develop appropriate relations in a team, this is why each member should realize that the suggestions of each of them are unique and have to be treated accordingly.
However, it is not the only positive aspect of the model under analysis. According to the ANA Code of Ethics, a professional nurse should provide any patient with treatment and demonstrate his/her respect to the patient. Tiedeman & Lookinland (2004) admit that patient satisfaction is great with team nursing, and it serves as the most effective proof of how the chosen model relates to the Code principles. Each patient has his/her lifestyle, principles, and values, which have to be evaluated during the treating process. The team of nurses has enough chances to take into consideration each aspect of the patient’s life and provide him/her with the best possible services supporting all patient safety standards.
The team nursing model introduces the activities of a group of nurses who are assigned to a group of patients that needs proper treatment (Hall & Doran, 2004). As this model is all about the work in groups, it is hard to develop professional relations without demonstrating respect for colleagues and other individuals with whom it is obligatory to interact (ANA Code of Ethics, n.d.). Caring relations to people promote fair treatment of patients. A person who has to work in a team should be able to demonstrate personal points of view, ideas, suggestions, or suspicions without hurting the feelings of another person. It is true that if a person neglects the rest of the team, there is no surprise that this person is left behind and neglected soon. This is why respect for colleagues is an integral part of the team nursing care model.
There are many ways of how patients may be treated by nurses as well as the rules which have to be followed. Nurses are free to choose the models under which they should work, still, it is very important to realize that a nurse should be ready to meet the demands and the requirements set and consider the principles which define a professional caregiver. Respect for people around is a key to success in nursing, and the team nursing care delivery model turns out to be a good means to make use of and comprehend the essence of nursing.
ANA Code of Ethics. (n.d.) American Nurses Association. Web.
Hall, L. M., & Doran, D. (2004). Nurse staffing, care delivery model, and patient care quality. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 19(1), 27-33.
Tiedeman, M. E., Lookinland, S. (2004). Traditional models of care delivery: what have we learned? Journal of Nursing Administration, 34(6), 291-297.