We discussed several topics today, however, two of the most powerful were transparency and shared decision making. After reviewing the story of Michael Skolnik, my heart ached for families that have suffered similar loss. For the Skolnik family, the loss was intensified by the lack of transparency and shared decision making. As an advanced practice nursing student, I witnessed a situation in which transparency and shared decision making was present in an otherwise unfortunate event. A patient arrived to the hospital in the midst of his second heart attack. After stabilization, options were presented with one being coronary artery bypass surgery. The patient chose bypass surgery, however, his surgery was on hold for coagulation issues. When it was time for the patient to have surgery, an emergent patient arrived necessitating a potential delay in the first patient’s bypass. Transparent communication occurred between the patient and provider detailing the situation and… Continue reading
An overall theme that I have observed is that communication is the key to patient safety. A sub-theme evident in our time here this week is that humbleness contributes to good communication. One must be open to being questioned by others if instructions are unclear. Additionally, being humble requires one to be willing to admit they are human and capable of making mistakes. As we visited Arlington cemetary, it is evident there is a larger purpose in our lives. Our purpose is to contribute to improving the lives of patients. Keeping these themes in mind, we may be open to working toward safer healthcare.
As we reflect on how important patient safety is in providing healthcare, we are asked what each of us is willing to contribute. I am willing to give of self. Giving of self requires listening. Listening to what the patient thinks and feels is an important part of advocating for the patient. Patient safety is a commitment in attitude to doing the right thing for the patient.