Nurses are the frontline of resident care – they spend more time at the bedsides of those in their care than most other healthcare team members. No one knows better than a skilled nursing professional that the best way to achieve better outcomes is to maximize direct contact with each resident. With a focus on individual needs and preferences, nurses can improve quality of care and life for their residents.
Staff nurses aspire to provide the best care possible to their residents, but are often frustrated by a lack of time, resources and autonomy.
Here are three ways your healthcare facility can help your nursing team to be more productive and elevate resident care.
1. Ensure adequate staffing
Making sure that your facility is staffed appropriately is a crucial element to providing high-quality care. Not only does inadequate staffing adversely affect your star ratings, it can overwhelm your nursing staff and result in unsafe care. With optimum staffing levels, your nurses are empowered to provide excellent resident care.
2. Equip nurses with the right tools
Frontline nurses need easy-to-use and readily accessible tools and resources to boost their autonomy and confidence in delivering evidence-based care. Make sure they have:
• Standardized checklists for assessments
• Actionable data to prioritize care
• Access to resources that expand their knowledge base
• User-friendly technology that promotes regulatory compliance
3. Simplify workflows
In today’s healthcare environment, it’s all too common for nurses to feel pressure to increase productivity and report a high administrative workload. Creating more efficient workflows is a frequently overlooked way to give nurses more time to focus on resident care.
Examine current workflows and look for “time-eaters.” One of the easiest ways to improve nursing efficiency is to reduce manual processes. Look for user-friendly technologies and applications that help nurses streamline their workflows and make more efficient use of their time.
Don’t miss the next blog article in this series to learn best practices for nurturing collaborative nursing!
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