This week we learned more about quality improvement strategies. We also focused on the the need to incorporate evidence based practice into patient care and how the risk management process works. I felt like the learning activities were very effective this week. The case study focused on how the risk management process can detect problems, find solutions, and then implement the solutions in order to prevent dangerous situations for patients. The discussion this week helped us better understand ways to implement EBP into our practice. There is usually some resistance to change, but keeping an open attitude and understanding that the changes are to better our patients’ situations makes it easier to deal with. My favorite learning activity this week was summarizing an article from AHRQ regarding the need for health care workers to avoid fatigue and sleep deprivation. The article discussed several strategies that would be effective in helping to deal with fatigue during work but I don’t think that most of them would work for nurses. I don’t think it will ever be possible for nurses to be able to take naps at work. The article did mention that using caffeine could be beneficial. Many nurses use caffeine to help prevent fatigue, but I think it’s more of just a band-aid solution for a larger problem. Getting more sleep or naps would be more healthy and sustainable than caffeine consumption.
This week we studied quality improvement strategies. I was hoping to learn more quality improvement strategies this week, and that’s exactly what happened. I was able to learn a lot more about working as an interdisciplinary team. I was also able to learn about improving processes and preventing incidents from occurring. I feel like the critical thinking and case studies were both beneficial this week. I was able to apply information to real life situations. I also thought that the group discussion this week was great at helping figure out how to involve the family in patient care. In the future, I will use the information taught in class this week to improve patient care and prevent incidents from occurring.
This week in class we focused on continuous quality improvement, specifically benchmarks. I expected to learn about the benefits of benchmarks in continuous quality improvement this week. I learned about the benefits of benchmarks and the need to have them in healthcare. Benchmarks help visualize goals and provide incentive from continuous improvement. One of the assignments this week was to find a format that we liked for hospital balanced scorecard. The scorecard provides a easily visible analysis of the starting points, goals, and results of various protocols. This is an example of a hospital balances scorecard I found this week.
If I am involved in a quality improvement team in the future, I will be sure to involve benchmarks in our process. This will ensure continuous quality improvement.