Leadership in Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality and Interprofessional Collaboration
Recent advancements in healthcare have led to increased focus on facilitating the delivery of patient-centered care to promote safety and improve the quality of care services. Team building is a leadership strategy that can promote collaboration, improve the safety and quality of nursing practice, and boost interprofessional interaction. The strategy entails allowing healthcare practitioners to interact and exchange ideas, which helps in building interpersonal relations and enabling collective decision-making (Xia, Wu & Cheng, 2016). Facilitating effecting communication is another leadership strategy useful in boosting the safety and quality of care. Patients are more satisfied when dealing with a nurse whose communication skills are excellent (Xia, Wu & Cheng, 2016). The patient’s values, beliefs, and level of education should be considered in communication. Lastly, interprofessional collaboration, improved quality and safety of nursing, and collaboration can be facilitated through interprofessional education. Developing effective teamwork skills enables healthcare providers to assume different roles in the healthcare system (Xia, Wu & Cheng, 2016), which is essential in boosting patient outcomes.
Nurses at my workplace improve patient quality and safety by supporting a culture of safety. The culture entails engaging colleagues in decision-making, preventing and reporting medication errors, communicating effectively, and ensuring that all patient appointments are observed. They emphasize patient safety over individual goals or competing interests, which demonstrates values and behaviors that support trust, access to necessary resources to deliver care, and transparency/accountability in minimizing medical errors (Xia, Wu & Cheng, 2016). Nurses at my workplace also engage with patients in collective decision-making to ensure that care is provided per the patient’s needs and values. Patient consent and adherence to the basics of healthcare provision facilitate the delivery of quality and safe services.
Xia, L., Wu, H., & Cheng, Y. (2016). Interprofessional collaboration strategies: A hematology unit case study. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(4), 51.