Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership[->0]
For every patient, there is a team of healthcare professionals collaborating to determine the best plan of care for that patient. As a part of that team, nurses have a great opportunity to advocate for the patients and have a positive impact on patient care outcomes. By being a good leader, the nurse can make the patients needs knows, demonstrate exceptional patient care, and motivate and inspire the team to do the same.
There are strategies that nurses on an interdisciplinary team use to enable them to exert leadership without occupying a formal leadership position. One ...view middle of the document...
It is important for a nurse to be actively involved with an interdisciplinary team for the good of the patients and other staff members. The nurse will be an advocate for the patient. She can relay to the team the patients needs and wants, and then she will take information from the team meeting to the rest of the staff. She can also discuss the staffs questions or concerns with the interdisciplinary team, such as needed equipment or supplies, then report back to the staff as to what will be done to get them what they need and in what timeframe.
The nurse can take an active, contributing position within an interdisciplinary team by promoting good communication, and by always being respectful of other team members. Communication is important because the entire team needs to know the patients wants and needs, as well as the staff's wants and needs to properly care for the patient. An active, contributing nurse will relay all information between the patient, team and other staff to ensure all needs are met. Secondly the nurse should be respectful to everyone involved. The nurse will hear everyone’s ideas, and work with them to come up with the appropriate plan in the patients’ best interest.
It is important to create a safe environment by applying the four characteristics of a culture of safety. The four characteristics are psychological safety, active leadership, transparency, and fairness (Frankel & Leonard, 2013). To promote psychological safety, I would always be open to concerns or suggestions. I would listen respectfully to what people had to say, and work with them to find a solution to a problem, give appropriate advice when asked, or be a mentor when needed. I would not put them down, or treat them poorly for speaking up about anything. I would not want others to be afraid to speak up when it could prevent unnecessary harm to a patient. I would be an active leader by being approachable. I would share information I had and invite others to share their concerns and advice as...