Im doing a research project on the implementation of huddles and its effect on decreasing patient injury and increasing nurses' perception of teamwork.
What time of sampling plan would I create if I wanted to research shift huddles on a particular unit?
Any inclusion/exclusion criteria to create?
I figure, my sample plan may be a convenience plan of all the RNs on the unit? what else would I need to look at?
Jun 14, '11
Hmmm. You have two, possibly disparate endpoints- patient safety and staff satisfaction.
IMO, to be effective, you would really need to "mandate" that all appropriate staff members would respond, within a set time frame, to a huddle request. I.e., you won't have validity if only those who feel the huddle will help them show up. You will also have trouble if there is no reciprocity.
- all able-bodied staff
- not directly involved in sterile-field procedure/isolation/whatvever the most time consuming protocol is for your unit
- available within 5 minutes of "huddle call"
- medical disability/restriction
- high-acuity patient (as noted by charge nurse, i.e., Jim will not be available for huddle as 103 is going to the unit...)