In this paper, I will be discussing the peculiarities of iCARE in application to medical work. The use of collective effort and teamwork alongside particular care strategies can lead to better results and patient outcomes. The work setting that I will be discussing is my previous workplace. Working in a medical center, I collaborated with others and worked as a team to achieve the best level of patient care. My relationship with my co-workers was positive, although a sense of community was not developed. We did not engage in any collaborative activities aside from the job, and I had limited knowledge about the work of others. The cooperation in the workplace was sufficient, but the participants lacked an understanding of each other. The improvement of interpersonal and professional relationships would greatly improve the performance of the medical center.
Compassion, as the ability to understand and recognize the suffering of others, is essential in healthcare. Exercising compassion and relieving the worries of people help nurses in their practice, as well as in interpersonal relationships. The general principles of this approach are being empathetic and having respect for the work of others (Pfaff & Markaki, 2017). Exercising compassion is tied to the needs of both patients and healthcare providers. In a team consisting of various individuals with their temperaments and approaches to assigned tasks, communication-based on understanding should be formed. This approach allows for a better assessment of patients and more efficient goal completion (Pfaff & Markaki, 2017). Research shows that compassion in collaborative practice is positively associated with high-quality healthcare. The attention to the feelings of others is said to not only improve health provision but also mitigate staff burnout and increase work satisfaction. On the job in the Medical Center, my coworkers often attempted to exercise patients and compassion to each other, which was not always successful. Integration of a complete system based on this aspect of nursing could drastically improve staff morale.
Advocacy is also an important part of nursing practice, both in teamwork and patient care. Nurses perform the work of an advocate for their patients, prioritizing their well-being and needs to ensure the proper patient outcomes. Through thoughtful interaction with others, healthcare professionals meet the necessities of people. Advocacy also works in favor of the nurses and their well-being. Attention to the problems in the workplace can help to quickly remedy them and enact positive changes. This approach can help the medical team establish a strong support system and promote a healthy, stable work environment. In the case of my previous workplace, the inclusion of a better advocacy system would greatly improve the quality of care and the relationships between workers. My coworkers often had doubts about each other’s intentions and could not exercise awareness to a sufficient degree.
Resilience is a skill that forms by adapting to the changing workplace environment and managing one’s stress. It can also be defined as an ability to endure difficulties and hold focus on one’s goals. This skill is especially needed in nursing practice and healthcare, where the quality of work directly correlates with the well-being of many people. Learning the possible methods of management and self-care can help an individual form a mechanism of dealing with hardships regularly (Matheson et al., 2016). Promoting teamwide assessment of common sources of fatigue and developing widely applicable coping strategies can allow nursing professionals to adapt to their work environment in the most effective manner.
Evidence-based practice is considered to be the most effective approach to improving the quality of healthcare organizations and delivery. The utilization of published studies, guides, and comprehensive materials can be effectively used to achieve necessary patient outcomes (Cornett, 2016). There is a varying level of evidence coming from control trials, analyses, reviews, and guidelines. Promoting teamwide learning and creating a friendly environment with accessible knowledge can benefit the clinical practice area. Nursing professionals need to put effort into translating the existing theoretical research material into their education and practice.
In summary, it can be said that the inclusion of all of the above principles into the healthcare delivery system and medical team interactions can aid in promoting positive patient outcomes and work satisfaction. Compassion towards the patients and co-workers can establish a healthy environment in the hospital or a medical center, increasing the level of care for patients. The multi-step assessment of difficulties in the workplace and the creation of coping strategies and self-care mechanisms will allow the providers to develop resilience. Advocacy for the improvement of approaches and treatment methods can create a sense of trust and community, allowing for easy and open communication. The evidence-based approach to practice can guarantee stable progress and learn for healthcare providers and better care for the recipients. Regarding my own workplace, I feel that the inclusion of stress-reduction programs and the promotion of understanding by all of the staff would greatly improve morale. I would support this process by exercising compassion and self-care to become a more efficient part of the system.
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