I loved working in a skilled nursing facility—the long-term relationships with residents and their families, the chance to really hone in on nursing basics, the opportunity to learn about life from people who had seen it all.
But what finally drove me away from this work was the mediocre quality of care in two different “homes” where I was on staff. I was angry and frustrated, and even after several years in nursing, still too inexperienced to understand what I could have done to make things better.
Including nursing assistants in QI projects: ‘crucial to success.’
Today, care is slowly changing. Nursing homes are now required to post on the web certain data about their patient outcomes (https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html), and to implement quality improvement (QI) initiatives. But have we regarded QI projects as the province of RNs and administrators only? In this month’s AJN, Kathleen Abrahamson and colleagues make the following observation:
“…nearly all changes driven by QI in work processes, schedules, approaches to care, or documentation will either affect or be carried out by nursing assistants. Thus, including NAs in QI efforts is crucial to their success.”
The truth of this statement is so clear, it might be called a “no-brainer.” As the authors point out, NAs have the most frequent […]