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Collaborative Practice is Best Practice

As healthcare evolves, Johns Hopkins Medicine encourages clinicians to constantly seek “best practice.” Best practice enables clinicians to improve performance and the deliver the safest, patient-centered care possible. As a leader in innovation and discovery, best practice is woven into so much of our Johns Hopkins Medicine daily practice.

We incorporate “Best Practice Advisory” into our electronic medical records systems. We analyze best practice when we strive to improve clinical outcomes and best practice is the foundation in our Evidenced Based Practice projects.

Now…reflect on this…Collaborative Practice is Best Practice.

Dr. Jonathan Burroughs, a certified physician executive and president and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, discusses two best practices through his experience working in the hospital setting:

  1. “Nurse-Physician Councils — a group of nurse and physician leaders who meet with a specific purpose; to improve and optimize nurse/physician relationships and communication
  2. Nurse-Physician Dyads —a nurse manager and physician lead their clinical units together through all phases of operations, including modeling an effective collaborative culture.”

Dr. Burrough’s work asks us to consider the impact that a culture of collaboration can have in healthcare. His council and dyad concepts challenge the status quo while preserving scope of practice.

Healthcare resources, especially intellectual resources, will continue to be limited. Limited resources lead to competition. Competitions have a winner and a loser. Does this context of competition translate into optimal patient outcomes?

Consider now the context of collaboration translating into optimal patient outcomes. In a culture of collaboration, all resources are identified and united to meet a common goal. Effective multi-disciplinary rounds, a group of nurse and physician leaders, are not a competition. Robust rounds collaborate. Collaboration maximizes resources. Optimal resource alignment optimizes patient outcomes.

Collaborative Practice “a group of nurse and physician leaders, who meet with a specific purpose; to improve and optimize nurse/physician relationships and communication” is best practice.

Join us as we collaboratively improve the Hopkins Medicine experience!

-The Collaborative Practice Committee:

  • Carrie Herkze, Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Operations
  • Hailey James, Assistant Administrator for Inpatient Operations
  • Neysa Ernst, Nurse Manager, Halsted 4 Medical Nursing

Kelsey Bennett