The Importance Of Patient Discharge And Preventing Re Admissions

796 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
There are leaders within the nursing profession who have significantly contributed endless hours of training, learning, and studying to this line of work. According to Creasia and Frieberg (2016), being a leader means to be “someone who is grounded in the core value of compassion with the capacity to inspire mentorship, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking” (Creasia & Frieberg, 2016, p. 52). Known as the “first lady of nursing,” Virginia Henderson accentuated the importance of patient discharge and preventing re-admissions. For nurses, it is essential to help the patient by providing comprehensive and thorough education on what he or she needs to do when they are discharged home. Virginia Henderson focused primarily on patient independence, education, and diminishing patient returns to the hospital, which lead her to create the Needs Theory. Virginia Henderson began her nursing career the day “she earned her Diploma in nursing from the Army School of Nursing at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. in 1921” (Ahtisham & Jacoline, p. 444). She was titled with the Nightingale of modern nursing and in 1923, she took on the responsibility of teaching the nursing profession at the Norfolk Protestant Hospital in Virginia. After teaching for six years, Henderson went for her Bachelor’s Degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1932 and her Master’s Degree in 1934. Virginia became a member of the faculty at Columbia…

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