Best Nursing Practices - Healthcare Network


The Best Practice Network facilitates the exchange of ideas, encourages collaboration in results-oriented problem solving and enables healthcare professionals to share best practices and other creative solutions that will positively impact patient care and community well-being.


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The world of nursing participated in an unprecedented effort to proactively shape a vision for the future of healthcare, and to strategize an action agenda in which nursing leadership collaboratively promoted optimal patient care delivery.

The purpose of the Best Practice Network is to promote information sharing in healthcare by nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals. The Best Practice Network is a not-for-profit entity. It is supported by a growing list of professional association partners, which have donated clinical expertise and financial backing. Its vision is to provide a place where innovative solutions and best practices can be shared among healthcare practitioners to promote healthy communities and provide optimal patient care.

We strive to develop realistic and sustainable healthcare initiatives, which promote optimal patient care and have immediate and system-wide impact. We gratefully acknowledge the support and inspiration of all those organizations and individuals who helped make the Best Practice Network a reality.

Some of our website features include:
A discussion space where healthcare professionals post and respond to practical problems related to healthcare delivery.
A showcase of creative thinking and design skills applied to practical workflow issues in healthcare.
A workshop where best practice developers can post information about their projects in progress and request networking or mentoring support from other Network participants.
A compendium of protocols, guidelines, standards of care and clinical maps.
Fully-implemented programs that have positively impacted care delivery, dramatically improved operational efficiency or provided creative solutions to stubborn problems.

Teaching Critical Care Nursing: A Self-Directed Learning Module with Computer-Assisted Instruction. This course was designed as a self-directed learning module for educating and cross-training new critical care nurses. Upon completion of this course, the novice critical care nurse will be prepared to apply assessment, critical thinking skills and interventions in clinical situations. This course will use multimedia resources to allow an individualized learning experience and rate of completion for each student. Participants use a Critical Care textbook, review guides, video presentations, computer assisted instruction and posttests to complete course content in a self-directed manner. A course facilitator is available for individual tutoring, questions and guidance through the course.

Clinical studies published in medical and nursing journals continue to shed new light on old practices and procedures, offering us new and better ways to serve our patients and communities. Yet, despite their widespread and consistent availability, many healthcare professionals ignore these evidence-based resources in favor of old, unproven methods. Mary Kingston considers the possible reasons for this gap between knowledge and practice and points to some positive approaches to integrating new knowledge and practice, including Quality Care Alerts, PBRNs, clinical care models and clinical databases.

The development of new attitudes, new ways of understanding, and new approaches to problems will be required for success in the near future. Such changes in understanding are not handed down from the upper echelons; they arise from individuals and small groups in many areas of public and private life. We have a leadership role to play in our roles as trusted healthcare providers, healthcare educators, administrators and public citizens. Our leadership will be demonstrated in the policies and programs we advocate, in our conversations with peers, in our attitudes toward patients, and in the types of institutions we choose to work for.

In times of rapid change, open markets are the most efficient at sorting out the most successful ideas from among myriad possibilities. Follow the customers. They are setting the agenda for the future. They are deciding what is important. As healthcare leaders and clinicians, we need to listen and respond. Our patients should be able to have it their way. Our challenge is to design healthcare systems that allow open and efficient access to service and information and that make it easy for consumers to express their needs and preferences.

The best healthcare system designs arise from a close correlation between the provider's services and the needs of the community being served. Collaboration with patient representatives and community leaders will yield systems that are more effective in providing care.

Learn about benchmarking and the development of best practices from the experts. Find out about some of the most innovative programs in healthcare. Focus on the personal side of leadership and change management. You can do all these things and earn continuing education credits too!

This section includes fully implemented programs that have positively impacted the healthcare of patients or communities, dramatically improved operational efficiency or provided creative solutions to stubborn problems. We will need to employ advanced technology -- "telemedicine" and "telenursing" -- along with innovative outreach programs that extend healthcare services into homes and offices, schools and community centers, and even retail establishments.




17:24:44 February 9, 2016