from pnd news briefs - philadelphia metro edition jan 27, 2005;
culture of poor communication and collaboration among
health professionals relates significantly to continued
medical errors and staff turnover.
a national study of 1,700 nurses, physicians, clinical
care staff and administrators - co-sponsored by the
american association of critical-care nurses and
vitalsmarts - found that fewer than 10 percent address
behavior by colleagues that routinely includes trouble
following directions, poor clinical judgment or taking
among the study's key findings were that:
* 84 percent of physicians and 62 percent of nurses and
other clinical care providers have seen coworkers
taking shortcuts that could be dangerous to patients.
* 88 percent of physicians and 48 percent of nurses and
other providers work with people who show poor clinical
* fewer than 10 percent of physicians, nurses and other
clinical staff directly confront their colleagues about
their concerns, and one in five physicians said they
have seen harm come to patients as a result.
* the 10 percent of health care workers who raise these
crucial concerns observe better patient outcomes, work
harder, are more satisfied and are more committed to
staying in their jobs.
american association of critical-care nurses, january 26, 2005
new study finds u.s. hospitals must improve workplace communication to reduce medical errors, enhance quality of care: expert panel issues call-to-action with new national standards and training recommendations
Jan 30, '05
above article is actually 44 page document:
aacn standards for establishing and sustaining healthy work environments
the standards are designed to be used as a foundation for thoughtful reflection and engaged dialogue about the current realities of each work environment. critical elements required for successful implementation accompany each standard. working collaboratively, individuals and groups within an organization should determine the priority and depth of application required to implement each standard.
the standards for establishing and sustaining healthy work environments are:
nurses must be as proficient in communication skills as they are in clinical skills.
nurses must be relentless in pursuing and fostering true collaboration.
effective decision making
nurses must be valued and committed partners in making policy, directing and evaluating clinical care and leading organizational operations.
staffing must ensure the effective match between patient needs and nurse competencies.
nurses must be recognized and must recognize others for the value each brings to the work of the organization.
nurse leaders must fully embrace the imperative of a healthy work environment, authentically live it and engage others in its achievement.
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Jan 30, '05
Last edit by CarolineRn on Jan 30, '05
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