Hospital leaders are under tremendous pressure to achieve value-based care while doing more with less. Initiatives to support these goals and execute process changes are complex and require more than a policy shift or simple administrative change. By addressing these issues using a team-based approach, hospital leaders are more likely to achieve sustainable performance improvement.
Regardless of the specific performance improvement task – whether it’s improving patient and staff safety or providing more efficient care – the ultimate success of a project comes down to the team. More specifically, there are three essential components that team-driven performance improvement initiatives need to succeed: engagement across levels, support of leadership, and the right team.
As a certified emergency nurse and emergency department director working in the field for more than forty years, I can personally attest to the importance of a team-based approach when it comes to implementing real change in the hospital.
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