I had the privilege to attend the
37th Annual Conference of Nurse Leadership (ACNL) in Anaheim, California as well as the
American Nurses Association Quality Conference (ANA) in Orlando Florida. Both events were extremely informative combined with various levels of nursing leadership in attendance.
The ACNL conference offered a local sense as attendees from surrounding Southwest US regions attended with opportunity and excitement in their demeanor. The conference served up an impressive roster of speakers. Throughout my conversations with nurses from all levels, from bedside through to administration, the enthusiasm was clearly evident regarding leadership practices, research/educational tools that the speakers provided to engage and improve the patient and caregiver experience.
The ANA conference in Orlando boasted a broad national presence with a larger turnout as well as more of a clinical research focus. There were well over a hundred posters highlighting clinical research in the nursing field with topics surrounding safe patient handling, pressure ulcer prevention, progressive mobility, patient length of stay and more.
Even though the conferences were conducted on distant coasts, and attracted differing nursing audiences, similarities between the two were apparent, such as: the focus and integration of leadership with industry best practices and success stories/opportunities for collaboration between healthcare organizations. While there were several topics surrounding safe patient handling at each conference, two were of particular interest to me:
Joe Tye, author of
The Florence Prescription, on creating a culture of ownership in your organization.
Ownership within healthcare begins at the facility level with strategies the organization chooses to implement such as: accountability enhancements, patient outcomes improvements, as well as increased patient and caregiver safety.
Safe patient handling is one of a plethora of initiatives that care delivery organizations struggle with how to effectively assign ownership and then define follow-on accountability activities.
Helen Chacko, BSN, RN— Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
The Effects of an Early Mobility Program on Critically Ill Patients Elizabeth, Spiva, PhD, RN—WellStar Health System Fast-track Extubation: A Nurse-driven Initiative Toward Better Patient Outcomes.
Patient mobilization techniques and safe patient handling equipment usage have made significant progress in association with improved patient outcomes throughout the healthcare industry. Equipment, resources, training, and evidenced based research have collectively demonstrated the value in engaging patients early-on in support of safely and effectively helping them to recover.
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