Nurses across the world celebrate International Nurses Day today (May 12th).
The theme this year is how the nursing role has changed and recognises that nurses are leading more and more changes in patient care both in the acute and community care setting and one nurse in Glasgow has been leading work on improving the discharge process for respiratory patients.
Breige Cohen is Charge Nurse in respiratory medicine at the Victoria Infirmary has been at the forefront of work which has changed the discharge process for patients.
Patients who are ready for discharge sometimes have to wait for a final review by medical staff. However, a pilot project introduced last October across the three respiratory wards is allowing nursing staff to discharge patients through a delegated discharge process.
Breige explains: “When patients are admitted a delegated discharge form is completed by the Consultant and ward team for those patients identified as appropriate and specific criteria for discharge are set. The patient continues their treatment plan and when they reach the criteria for discharge the nursing staff can discharge the patient home without awaiting confirmation from the medical staff.
“Obviously if there are any concerns about the patient's condition then nursing staff discuss this with the medical staff
“On average we have 33% more patients in the three respiratory wards being discharged in the morning rather than having to wait well into the afternoon through the project. This in turn is freeing up beds quicker allowing other patients to be admitted to the wards.
“The project has been fully supported by the whole multidisciplinary team and I am really proud of the way we have worked together to improve the care of our patients."
The project is proving so successful other wards in other hospitals are looking to introduce it and Breige will be involved in offering training support to other charge nurses.
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Pic: Breige Cohen, Charge Nurse, Respiratory, Victoria Infirmary