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The theme for the 2016 Magnet Conference in Orlando, is Empowering Nurses to Transform Health Care. I was trying to think about what that means to me… how can nurses truly transform how health care is delivered in this country? And then I thought about two scenarios…
At hospital 1, the nurses clock in and out on time. Their meds are passed, call lights are answered. Patients get admitted and eventually discharged. The nurses answer questions when asked, but relatively frequently, things get lost in translation. Policies and procedures are reviewed, but not routinely. A nurse does not sit in on the process of completing policies and procedures. Because of this, they are written in a way that does not make sense to the practicing bedside nurse, and are therefore rarely utilized. The nurses on the floor learn how to do most procedures by just doing what their preceptor told them to do. Their preceptors were never properly trained to precept, and many were trained to do this 10+ years ago and therefore the policies that they were trained with are out of date anyway.
Health care is delivered…but it’s not really care. It is sterile. It’s mechanical. It’s transactional.
At hospital 2, nurses clock in and out on time. Meds are given on time, call lights are answered. Interdisciplinary rounds happen routinely and nurses lead them. Nursing care plans are discussed in rounds. Nurses have a care plan established for their patients at the beginning of their shift and work with members of the health care team to assure these goals are realistic and that they are progressing towards them. The committees that review policies and procedures have appropriate representation from each service line, including nurses. When asked to have input on policy and procedural updates, these nurses take it seriously. They utilize resources from professional organizations and databases and consult their shared governance to balance what is the latest evidence-based practice along with what’s practical and cost-effective.
Preceptors have gone through formal training. Utilizing policies and procedures is a regular occurrence and they are based on the latest evidence because it’s ingrained into their culture. “We’ve always done it that way,” is considered a 4-letter word.
Patients get discharged sooner because nurses are aggressive with the care plan implementation and progression. Patients have better outcomes. Patients are more satisfied because the nurses educate them at every step of the way so that they can play a more active role in their recovery.
This hospital network also regularly meets with members of the community to see how they can play a part in better patient care and meet the needs of the community best.
The entire community is cared for by this hospital, whether or not they’re a patient.
Which would you choose?
Now, tell me which hospital will transform health care? Which hospital will have a better impact? Which hospital would you rather work for? And most importantly, which hospital would you rather have your loved ones receive care from?
Nurses have the power to create these cultures. Nurses have the power to drive policy change. Nurses have the ability to create patient-centered care plans to progress patients to discharge sooner and ensure better outcomes.
Nurses can transform health care.
Magnet 2016 Conference
Are you going to Magnet in Orlando? Be sure to check out booth 1323 where you can learn about Capella University’s nursing programs! Also, Capella is sponsoring the Magnet Lounge where they are doing something pretty cool to help impact the local community. Within the lounge, you will have an opportunity to assemble a hygiene kit that will be donated to a local women’s shelter. Each participant will receive a t-shirt as a thank you from Capella. They are hoping to assemble 900 kits over the 3 days.
See graduation rates, median student debt, and other information at www.capellaresults.com/outcomes.asp.