Nurses and pa­tients

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Iread with in­ter­est Mod­ern Health­care’s spe­cial an­niver­sary edi­tion sec­tion on “The Fu­ture of Health­care” (July 25). Af­ter work­ing in health­care for over 35 years, it is dis­ap­point­ing that even to­day, we are fail­ing to so­licit or lis­ten to two of the most im­por­tant voices in health­care: nurses and pa­tients.

As Dr. Peter Pronovost was gra­cious to ac­knowl­edge, qual­ity out­comes hap­pen (or don’t) only through ef­fec­tive nurs­ing lead­er­ship (and nurs­ing staff) work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with en­gaged physi­cians. In fact, nurses and other care­givers are at the heart of any ini­tia­tive that af­fects how pa­tients are cared for. Their voice has never been more im­por­tant.

Im­prov­ing our coun­try’s health out­comes will oc­cur only when our pa­tients are fully en­gaged in di­rect­ing their own health­care. It is over­due for us to bring pa­tients into the con­ver­sa­tion about how health­care should be de­liv­ered. Given the value we have found bring­ing the pa­tient’s voice into our qual­ity work, you might con­sider do­ing the same.

Carol Bradley Chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer Legacy Health Port­land, Ore.

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