by Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | February 26, 2015
From the January/February issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
VS: I am very optimistic about this — at the national level, the teamwork has really improved in the last five years, with ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration. At the hospital level, most facilities are using a program called TeamSTEPPS — it teaches teamwork and communication and most hospitals are using that model. At the local level, I think effective collaboration is still a work-in-progress. Some places are very good, while others are struggling but still improving.
HCBN: Do you believe the nurse of 2025 will be very similar to the nurse of 2015 or will there be significant changes to skill sets and knowledge?
We can expect significant changes in the skill sets and knowledge required. If you look at the Institute of Medicine report, it’s very clear that education will be essential in taking care of the patient of the future. One change that is already occurring — nurses need to be very digitally savvy. They’ll need to extract the information from those systems and then focus on ways to improve care. Nurses will also have to focus on evidence-based practice and quality improvement much more than they had to in the past. For education, the Institute of Medicine recommends nurse residency programs. Those programs are turning out very strong nurses. It really is new, and my experience with it is that it’s incredibly powerful. Nurses coming out of the residency programs
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