NUR 514 Discuss some system thinking tools nursing leaders can apply to increase interprofessional collaboration to benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives

NUR 514 Discuss some system thinking tools nursing leaders can apply to increase interprofessional collaboration to benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives

NUR 514 Discuss some system thinking tools nursing leaders can apply to increase interprofessional collaboration to benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives

Designing healthcare delivery system change at the advanced nursing practice level will involve a number of leadership attributes. These attributes include an understanding of organizational behavior as well as an appreciation for the utility of various theoretical foundations necessary to support practice and research. According to Sargeant (2009), theories aid understanding and implementation of interprofessional education. Using complexity theory, Sargeant makes the case for future interprofessional collaboration among healthcare delivery system team members. As a leader in healthcare delivery system change and advancement of informatics in nursing practice, the advanced practice nurse can provide much-needed direction for the future of effective healthcare, but will need to evidence the knowledge, skills, and integrative abilities associated with such organizational theories as complexity, chaos, change, and innovation.

Thank you for such a great first week of discussions!

Take care,

References:

Sargeant, J. (2009). Theories to aid understanding and implementation of interprofessional education. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions29(3), 178–184.

 

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Physician shortages, increased demand for highly specialized nurses, a great emphasis on primary health care, and home-based services, and the increased acuity and complexity of hospitalized patients are among the issues motivating decision makers to rethink provision of health-care services. There is also a predicted global deficit of 12.9 million physicians, nurses, and midwives by 2035!

Consider these factors contributing to international growth in advanced nursing practice:

  • Escalating disease burden worldwide: Communicable and noncommunicable disease
  • Increased inpatient acuity and complexity of treatment
  • Impact of technological innovations and new therapeutic approaches
  • Increased emphasis on PHC and community-based services
  • Increasing requests for and complexity of home-based care
  • General global shortage of health-care workers stimulating consideration of skill mix, task-shifting, and task reallocation options
  • Physician shortages
  • Increased demand for specialized nurses
  • Nursing’s desire for a clinical career ladder and professional advancement
  • Better-informed health-care consumers
  • Intensified demand for options to address out-of-control health-care costs
  • Search to improve quality of and access to health-care services

From this list, which would you consider close to your own personal goals for advancing your degree and developing your skills as an advanced practice nurse?

Thank you for sharing!

 

References:

DeNisco, S. M. (2021). Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession. (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning

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When looking at the prospective physician and nursing shortages, especially in specialty and high acuity areas, I

NUR 514 Discuss some system thinking tools nursing leaders can apply to increase interprofessional collaboration to benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives
NUR 514 Discuss some system thinking tools nursing leaders can apply to increase interprofessional collaboration to benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives

think a systems approach is the best way to think about this situation. Many systems thinking tools allows for mapping and reflection of changes that have occurred (Wilkinson, et al., 2018). I am curious, “What has happened to all the nurses and physicians?” We can look at this system and try to find, are nurses leaving the profession? Are they simply moving to less acute areas in nursing? Are fewer people considering a career in nursing or medicine all together? The list of questions are endless! When looking toward the future as a nurse educator, I wonder what challenges lie ahead. How can we innovate RN entry education to create more advanced nurses? Can we make changes to the way we educate and view our students to encourage to improve nursing as a whole? Systems thinking in healthcare is still in early stages, but I think we will see a great increase in its need and implementation (Wilkinson, et al., 2018).

Wilkinson, J., Goff, M., Rusoja, E., Hanson, C., & Swanson, R. C. (2018). The application of systems thinking concepts, methods, and tools to global health practices: An analysis of case studies. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice24(3), 607–618. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/jep.12842

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Corina, I really like all of the questions that you asked as I think they are all essential to figuring out how we move forward with our health care system. One of the biggest factors that I think needs to be incorporated in nursing and all medical professional education moving forward is self care. It is a term that is talked about often, but I think that employers need to do a better job of promoting and supporting it. I think many employers think that if they promote self care for their employees then people will just call in sick for mental health days all the time. What I’ve been learning recently is that self care is so much more than mental health days. It’s learning to take time to take a walk outside, eat a healthy meal, or listen to a favorite song. There are so many opportunities for employers to promote small acts of self care throughout bedside nursing shifts, in home care, or in long term care settings. I think this gets lost in the always increasing list of tasks that we all need to complete during our work days, but I really think that small moments of self care could have a profound impact on employee satisfaction. Increasing employee satisfaction leads to lower rates of turnover and could help to address the significant physician and nursing shortage that we are currently facing.

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Agreed! I think there is a lot of talk and promotion around self-care, but very little useful support. I am noticing a trend toward “resiliency” and training staff to become more resilient, which I feel often shifts the blame onto nurses for being human. In the article sited below, Baker-Armstrong (2020) goes through different factors that play a role in resilience. Self-care, coaching, and having mentors play a positive role in improving resilience (Baker-Armstrong, 2020). It was also interesting to me to note that the author gave particular credit to nursing educators in promoting resilience in the coming generations of nurses (Baker-Armstrong, 2020). Baker-Armstrong states, “Teaching nursing students strategies of reflective learning and reflexive practice enables them to sustain their equilibrium during periods of adversity” (2020, p. 31). This is a great new perspective for me as I continue to prepare for nursing education. I also think we can and should be doing this as bedside nurses, and I have often listened to newer nurses tell me about situations that upset them. Afterward, we go over what could have been done differently or sometimes just being able to say, “That sucks!!!” and allowing them to vent is highly valuable.

Baker-Armstrong, J. (2020). Building nurses’ resilience. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand26(3), 31–33. https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ccm&AN=142720743&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Dr. Buchanan, two things that I believe directly affect me are two that go hand in hand. I am currently employed at a skilled nursing facility, daily we admission coming in with comorbidities, but they cannot be admitted until we know their COVID 19 status. Are they COVID positive or negative, have they had their boosters, what level of precautions will they be on upon arrival and on isolation for how long. All the questions have to be attended to before we can even take care of their general state of health / reason for admission. The worldwide pandemic is still “in your face” nearly 3 years after we first experienced the horror of COVID 19. Once those issues are covered, we can then focus on a nursing care plan to promote healing or slow worsening of their actual diagnosis. I say diagnosis, but truthfully, these days it is never as simple as that. Comorbidities exist in nearly 100% of patients, even the ones just being admitted short term for therapy. There is truly an increase in acuity and complexity of treatments. A patient with a broken hip being admitted status post hip arthroplasty also has diabetes and congestive heart failure with orders for oxygen. It can be overwhelming. My goal is to work hard to implement a system to lessen the strain on the direct care nurse. Ultimately what I’d like to see is a change in the standard requirement of patient load. All too often our nurses burn out and this is a tragedy.