Discussion Question 2: CNO and Medical Staff

CNOs must be skilled and competent communicators to lead and manage the collective work of medical staff members at all levels. Reviewing healthcare literature can help you learn a lot about fostering and promoting interprofessional collaboration in healthcare.

Using the readings for the week, the South University Online Library, and the Internet, respond to the following:

Define and describe the role of the CNO related to medical staff.

Define interprofessional collaboration.

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What happens to patient outcomes and quality care when there are disagreements between medical staff and nursing personnel regarding aspects of operations?

As a CNO, describe at least one strategy you would apply in clarifying expectations of other healthcare team members including the medical staff?

Comment on the postings of at least two peers.

Evaluation Criteria:

Defined and described the role of the CNO related to medical staff.

Defined the concept of interprofessional collaboration.

Explained the impact of disagreements between medical staff and nursing personnel regarding aspects of operations on patient outcomes and quality care.

Recommended at least one strategy to clarify expectations of other healthcare team members including the medical staff.

Justified your answers with appropriate research and reasoning.

Commented on the postings of at least two peers

1. Nurse-sensitive performance reviews and quality indicators are vitally important to maintain the health of the nation and the nursing profession in general. Some of the processes used to implement these include monitoring the supply of nursing staff, assessing the skill of such staff, and considering the education or certification of staff. Assessment, intervention, and RN job satisfaction are process indicators that are also important in terms of determining the quality of nursing care at a health facility (ANA, 2012).
2. Some of the ways in which these processes can be implemented include the development of new indicators to ensure that the contribution of nursing to patient care is at an optimal level. One way to accomplish this is by a review of peer-reviewed literature to determine the indicators that prove nursing sensitive, as well as to determine the reliability of information currently available on such indicators. On a less theoretical level, topic experts can also be approached for discussion on measurement issues and additional information to support theoretical reports and analysis. Patient risk level could be the focus of such discussion. After a plan for data collection and reports have been drawn up, comments from participating facilities can be invited regarding the feasibility of data collection methods, as well as for suggestions on additional methods to collect data and information, as well as how to implement processes.