How Nurses Can Affect Positive Patient Outcomes
How Nurses Can Affect Positive Patient Outcomes
Nurses play a crucial role in affecting positive patient outcomes. They can influence whether a patient feels respected and cared for during treatment. Nurses also excel in practicing patient empathy and attending to patients' physical needs without compromising emotional support.
Explore how to improve patient outcomes using these inherent strengths and proven best practices.
Understand and Implement Patient-Centered Care
Keep your patients' values, needs, and preferences top of mind throughout treatment. Patients are also encouraged to take proactive measures in managing their health. Patient-centered care that promotes independence and ongoing engagement correlates to improved health outcomes. Nurses can integrate this approach into daily practice to empower patients during and after treatment.
Collaborate With Patients
Treat your patients and their family members or support system like partners throughout the healing process. Discuss different treatment options and encourage patients to pursue what is right for them so they feel seen and heard. Patients are typically more satisfied with their care when you ask for their input.
Improve Patient Access
For some patients, access means scheduling care outside of regular working hours. For others, it may require using a medical interpreter to ensure clear communication. Nurses can act as patient navigators, assisting with health insurance, appointment scheduling, and medical instructions. Patients feel empowered when given access to remote telehealth services, nearby mobile clinics, and self-care educational resources.
Provide Emotional Support
Besides physical discomfort, patients must also manage emotional stress and fears regarding treatment. Nurses can ease these burdens by practicing compassion and acceptance.
Create a calming, confidential environment where patients can share their concerns and respond without judgment or bias. When patients feel supported and involved, they may be more optimistic about their treatment, which can lead to improved health care outcomes.
Build a Solid Team Culture
The care a patient receives is only as good as the team behind the care. Equip your nursing team to provide consistent quality patient care by nurturing inherent trust, effective communication, and a supportive culture. Nurse leaders must enforce best practices for their unit:
● Delegate tasks when possible and implement time management tools to increase productivity.
● Schedule regular professional development training for your team.
● Clearly outline responsibilities and expectations for each role. A streamlined workflow also reduces the likelihood of medical errors due to miscommunication.
● Take a collaborative approach to conflict resolution.
● Recognize and celebrate individual and team accomplishments.
Promote Evidence-Based Practices
Research indicates a correlation between evidence-based practices and improved patient outcomes. Nurses who follow evidence-based practices can minimize the risk of mistakes or adverse effects while making everyone on the team accountable to share in decision-making and efficiency goals. Ongoing developments could call for shifts in your company's policies, so nurse leaders must remain informed of best practices and implement them as needed.
Communicate With Clarity and Compassion
Clear communication helps patients feel understood and valued. Reliable one-on-one time with their nursing team helps promote patient trust and deepens their understanding of the process. To build a strong rapport with patients, nurses should:
● Allow patients to speak so they don't feel rushed or ignored.
● Express compassion through verbal and nonverbal cues like eye contact and body language.
● Ask open-ended questions to avoid steering the conversation.
● Paraphrase in a way that demonstrates interest and respect.
Encourage Preventative Care Practices
Offering education and counseling to patients at an individual or community level can help nurses reduce the incidence of avoidable health issues. These resources include free health screenings, vaccinations, and educational materials to promote a healthy lifestyle. Preventative measures lay the groundwork for better patient outcomes.
A nurse's primary goal is to provide safe, effective, quality care to ensure positive patient outcomes. By implementing patient-centered practices, nurses can make a significant difference in individuals' lives while advancing their professional careers.
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