We have to do a paper on what we would change on a nursing unit. It can be from paperwork to family interaction to products and services. Any Suggestions??
Feb 8, '07
I suggest you start by using the good old nursing process.
Step 1: Assess what needs to be changed -- what's not working well -- what problems exist -- etc. Don't pick something that sounds interesting to you, but is not really a problem on the unit. That would be a waste of resources and also would probably not work well in the long run because it would add to the burden of the staff to implement for no good reason. Do your homework and find out what the unit needs.
Step 2: Plan an intervention designed to meet the unit's needs, taking all relevant factors (resources, potential stumbling blocks, etc.) into consideration.
Step 3: Intervene - i.e. implement your plan
Step 4: Evaluate the effectiveness of your activity.
Another suggestion: Include an interview with the unit's nursing leaders in your assessment. Having their help/support will make your work a lot easier. Pick something that they want to see accomplished and you will be far likelier to get the help and support you need from them. Don't pick something that they don't want to see happen.
Last edit by llg on Feb 8, '07