Tuesday, December 1, 2009

being a change agent

sometimes i wonder if i say everything i should. or if i say more than i should. or if anyone even cares.

today I went to several mini-conferences about family-centered rounds. in pediatrics, we're starting a new way of doing rounds, meeting at the bedside with the nurse, family, and patient present for the entirety of the rounding all the while allowing the nurse, the patient, and the family to have a voice throughout. amazing. i can't wait to see this implemented with my patients. it's going to change the quality of my nursing care for the better. today i was reminded that i love being a part of a team and i love talking about ways to do the things that we do better, more efficiently, and with more love and consideration for our patients. i feel like it's God answering my frequent prayer that He would let me glimpse some of His redemption within the context of health care. there's so much brokenness but every once in a while, we do something right. i met with residents, interns, attendings, NP's, social workers, faculty MD's, and med students today and each of us agreed that the care of our patients would improve if we implemented this type of rounding into our norm. can we do it? i think so. but someone has to bite the bullet and take the risk of being the first to try. change is hard but it's worth the struggle if what emerges is a system that empowers our patients and families, allows every member of the team to have a voice, streamlines the efficiency of our jobs, and ultimately leads to better overall care and outcomes for the kids we love. i so hope today wasn't wasted.

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