Nurses require varied competencies to succeed in their practice. Teamwork collaboration and communication are two essential skills that a nurse incorporate in practice to improve patient outcomes.
Review of QSEN and IPCP Competencies
Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) competency is vital to a nurse because it guides them to redesign models and frameworks they use to deliver high-quality and safe care. Furthermore, the interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) competency is vital because it enhances the ability of a nurse to work alongside other healthcare professionals. Particularly, teamwork collaboration is one of QSEN’s competences. Equally, one of the IPCP’s competences is teamwork in which the BSN-prepared nurse applies relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to effectively execute team roles assigned. The IPCP also advocates for interprofessional communication to allow BSN-prepared nurse to effectively communicate with patients, families and communities as well as other professionals.
How do you see the role of the BSN-prepared nurse communicating with the team to discuss impact of these measures?
The BSN-prepared nurses should be able to communicate with other multidisciplinary team members to discuss the impacts of improving patient outcomes. In essence, teamwork and communication competencies feature in both QSEN and IPCP competencies. The participation of BSN-prepared nurse is necessary because they help coordinate as well as positively impact on the outcomes (Karami et al., 2017). Through a collaborative practice, BSN-prepared nurses support other team members to enhance patient safety, improve clinical performance, and reduce medical errors.
Have you seen these followed and/or measured in the clinical setting?
Teamwork collaboration is measurable. I have seen multidisciplinary team members measuring the impact of their efforts by assigning performance metric for each member. The team members also meet often to appraise the efforts of each member towards quality improvement in an attempt to improve patient outcomes. Effectiveness of communication in a team is measured based on how nurses adhere to instructions provided by physicians. In addition, effectiveness of communication is measured based on the rate at which medical errors and mistakes occur within teams.
How can you, as the BSN influence the process?
The BSN-prepared nurse can influence the process of teamwork collaboration by fostering a strong work relationship marked by clear and effective communication. Per Goodman (2015), the BSN-prepared nurse can also initiate a process of sharing resources as well as solving problems to limit instances of medical errors. The nurse can equally enhance cooperation between team members, exchange information and integrate electronic medical records essential in decision-making.
BSN-prepared nurses are vital for the future medical practice because they are directly involved in the provision of high-quality and safe care to the patients. Nurses need to gain requisite knowledge as well as incorporate QSEN and IPCP competencies to transform the nursing practice by improving patient outcomes.
Goodman, T. (2015). RN-to-BSN programs key to reaching an important nursing goal. AORN, 102(1), 1-2.
Karami, A., Farokhzadian, J., & Foroughameri, G. (2017). Nurses’ professional competency and organizational commitment: Is it important for human resource management? PloS One, 12(11), e0187863. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187863