6 Best Practices to Improve Nursing Communication
"The Rising Tide Measure: Communication With Nurses" shows that up to 15 percent of hospitals' VBP incentive payments may be affected by the communication with nurses dimension of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems survey. The report shares six best practices associated with high performance on the communication with nurses dimension:
• Conducting consistent and purposeful hourly rounding
• Bedside shift reporting
• Using scripts
• Calling patients post-discharge
• Hiring nursing candidates who exhibit strong interpersonal skills
• Providing service skills training with periodic reinforcement
Implementing and maintaining these best practices requires training and tools, ongoing commitment by the organization, a culture of individual responsibility and accountability and progress measurement, according to the report.
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