Clinical Manager at Ohman Family Living at Briar, Gidget Petronelli, BSN, RN, describes how her acute care experience is transforming treatment of post-acute patients in a skilled nursing setting.
My acute care experience has greatly influenced the way we are treating patients in our SNF and LTC facility by transforming our care at the bedside. We have incorporated hospital nursing strategies to improve the work environment and quality of care. One of the ways we have done this is by implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) policies and protocols. To execute these policies and protocols successfully we use simulation scenarios to train nurses to provide safe, effective care. Simulation provides both our nurses and nursing assistants with opportunities to practice their clinical and decision-making skills through various real-life situational experiences. A successful clinician must be skilled in critical thinking, problem solving, and analyzing their thought process continually. That, in my eyes, truly defines “competent care.” Simulation training has created a transformational learning experience for all health care givers and provides a diverse perspective on caring for patients across the continuum of care.
The nursing role is rapidly evolving as nurses are tasked with an even wider range of health care responsibilities. Caring for the sick has certainly gotten more complicated as health systems focus on improving quality. Ultimately, as nurses continue to move into leadership positions, we are playing greater roles in process improvements. This is what I was challenged to do in my role as the Clinical Manager. We have built a strong capable health care workforce and broadened the evidence base that links to nursing quality care.
Confronting the challenge and stepping out of my comfort zone enabled me to see what I can really do, and this is what excites me about the future of post-acute care and my role in revolutionizing it. I hope this motivates you to do the same.