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Rapid cycle improvement allows staff members to own the process and helps open their eyes to the possibilities. Copyright © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.
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Performance potential Nursing Management • November 2012 53 Pitfall: Other departments have been affected by the changes made. Recommendation: It’s best to attempt solving this problem during the plan and do steps. After the solution has been developed, part of the plan of action should include a review with departments that may potentially be affected by the changes. Pitfall : The team doesn’t have the opportunity to share the win. Recommendations : This can be accomplished through a report sent out to other departments, execu- tives, or board members. Allow team members to present their work. It’s a proud moment for a nurse manager to see growth in his or her staff members who now have the tools to move forward with an- other project. Take the QI journey The PDSA rapid cycle improvement model works at the nursing unit level and takes little training to understand the concepts. The tools are simple and the model is flexible enough to be completed in one 8-hour session or several half hour- to hour-long sessions. Rapid cycle improvement allows staff members to own the process and will help open their eyes to other possibilities. The more control you allow staff members to have, the less time it will take to complete a successful improvement project and the need for reimplementation of an initiative or the start of disciplinary action will be decreased. Quality improve- ment is a journey that we’re all on together, and our ultimate goal is to help our staff provide the very best care for our patients. N M RESOURCES Graban M. Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction. New York, NY: Productivity Press; 2008. Institute for Healthcare Improvement. How to improve. Pages/HowtoImprove/default.aspx. Zidel T. A Lean Guide to Transforming Health- care: How to Implement Lean Principles in Hospitals, Medical Offices, Clinics, and Other Healthcare Organizations. Milwaukee, WI: ASQ Quality Press; 2006. Brenda West is the CNO and quality director at Mark Reed Health Care District in McCleary, Wash. The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article. DOI-10.1097/01.NUMA.0000421673.95475.80 Copyright © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.
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