Nurses Agent of Change Through Governance
Monster Contributor Heather Stringer
April 20, 2009
In parallel, the ER council met with radiology and lab council reps as well as the hospital bed coordinator to work through how those units could speed up their processes so ER patients could be moved into hospital beds faster.
After many meetings, the emergency department council achieved its goal. Now the group continually evaluates the process and identifies areas for improvement.
“It takes patience and planning,” says Audrey Prairo, RN, a certified emergency nurse and nursing unit coordinator for the hospital’s emergency department. “But I find it very fulfilling to implement a new process that makes things run more smoothly. It improves morale, because we take pride and ownership in what we are doing.”