|Frontline Staff Members Share Strategies and Successes at Patient Care Practice Council|
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"The Council provides a voice so that frontline staff can be heard," explains Pepper (Vicki) Haywood, RN, a staff nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the current PCPC chair. "We've experienced increased attendance over the past year, and the great work that has come out of the Council during this period has helped us be a driving voice for changes in clinical practice. There has been a shift of focus so that frontline staff and educators attend Council meetings each month and administrators attend on a quarterly basis. The collaboration among frontline staff has led to several practice changes, such as a new standard for tracheostomy care all developed through interdisciplinary cooperation and evidence-based research and practice."
One of the Council's key goals for 2012 is to nurture the growth and development of the Unit Based Practice Councils (UBPC's). There are UBPC's on each inpatient unit as well as for the Emergency Center, the Vascular Access Team and Perioperative Services. The Council already has members who represent outpatient care areas and plans to strengthen outpatient representation this year through creation of an Outpatient Council.
"Our Patient Care Practice Council provides an excellent forum to discuss practice issues that impact care at the bedside," says co-chair Janeane Walker, MSN, RN, Advanced Education Specialist in the Clinical Education and Research Department. "It is a perfect place to engage frontline staff to start asking those important clinical questions. We encourage and challenge our members to utilize and incorporate evidence-based practice. The beauty of our Council at All Children's Hospital is that it is collaborative, for our team includes not only nurses, but representatives from rehab services, respiratory care, pharmacy, child life, case management and other programs, reflecting our multidisciplinary approach to care."
The next Patient Care Practice Council meeting will be held Monday, April 9th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in OCC A&B. Interested employees are invited to attend.