AACN Essentials Self-Assessment & Patient-Centered Care

AACN Essentials Self-Assessment & Patient-Centered Care (graded)

Locate & complete the Self-Assessment of the AACN Essentials located in Doc Sharing (Week 2). Follow the directions on the form. Note your total score. Next, review the article cited below:

Kramer, M., Schmalenberg, C., Maguire, P., Brewer, B., Burke, R., Chmielewski, L., … Meeks-Sjostrom, D. (2009). Walk the talk: Promoting control of nursing practice & a patient-centered culture. Critical Care Nurse, 29(3), 77–93. Click to link.

Answer the following:

If you are willing, please share your total score on the AACN Essentials Self-Assessment

C& idly identify & share with your classmates areas where knowledge, skills or abilities (KSAs) are lacking?

Describe the relationship between the Essentials & your new-found knowledge about Patient Centered Care. Are there opportunities for your improvement?

When taking this assessment, I truly wanted to take the time & think about what I need to do to grow as a nurse. Our lesson states, “making the patient the center of all you do is imperative & applies to nurses in all settings, & not only the inpatient, acute care setting,” (CCN, 2016). While we were all thought this in nursing school, & hopefully this was one of the reasons you chose to be a nurse, sometimes we let situations get in the way of patient centered care. I gave myself a score of 43. I feel there is always room for improvement, so I did not allow myself to rate excellent in any category. A couple of the categories that I scored myself the lowest in was examining the roles & responsibilities of the regulatory agencies, & in incorporating effective communication techniques, including negotiation & conflict resolution to produce a positive professional working relationship. Many times I find myself focusing just on the current situation & not the whole picture of the patient including after discharge. This can help play a major role in recurrent admissions. Learning about the agencies that provide different services to patients in our area can help the patient’s maintain a better lifestyle & hopefully allow those patients to stay out of the hospital. Another factor I find that takes away from the care of our patients is the conflicts with staff. There are times when the staff might focus more on the “who’s doing or not doing what” verses what can I do to help out. We are all going to deal with co-workers that don’t want to work. That is a part of life. Learning how to h& le those situations professionally can not only make your job easier to h& le, but can also affect your life away from home.

When looking at the Essentials I can see now the relationship why management may do things a certain way. For instance bedside shift report. This not only allows you to meet your patient, but this also gives the patient a change to be a part of their plan of care. Many times patients feel that they are not being heard. Bedside shift report can change that. We as nurses need to make sure that patients maintain their autonomy while they are in the hospital. This all comes down to remembering the basics.


Chamberlain College of Nursing. (2016). NR-447: RN Collaborative Healthcare.  Week 2 Lesson: St& ards, Essentials, & Core Competencies.