Sociology in Nursing

Nursing doesn’t just require skills, education or experience to be successful in the healthcare industry. It also comprises of other things like how the nurse deals and interacts with his patients. Sociology will enable the nurse to know the proper approach to different types of patients. There are patients who are moody and unapproachable because of their illnesses. Understanding how to deal with them will make the medication easier and effective. Through sociology, you as the nurse will be able to be sympathetic, compassionate and kind to your patient.

nursing sociologyNursing today takes more than just expertise in medical procedures but also by incorporating methods to the different approach on a certain type of patient. It is part of the responsibility of the nurse to give purpose to life, death and illness. Sociology has a bigger role in this process. Through sociology, the nurses are taught to engage in the studies in human societies. Understanding people in general is extremely important. If you are a nurse, you need specific information, some are very confidential, and that could be the basis of the medication. For an instance, if the patient is using any illegal drugs, you need to know how to approach without getting him offended. Getting that information will greatly change the prescription that the doctor will give to the patient.

Sociology has done so many things in improving the approach and the system of the healthcare system. Sociological theories have brought great light to the many features of illness and health. It has also brought valuable theories which leads to the creation of clinical tools. To become an effective nurse, you need to have the skills and expertise, but you need the proper approach and understanding of all your patients. Having all of this, you will be fully equipped and provide the most efficient services.


Patient Care: Engagement

patientApproaches towards patient care improvisation has been tried and tested over the years. There are strategies that worked well but many failed. One approach that shows good result is the promotion of engagement among the patient to their medication processes and activities. Engagement among the patient towards their own healthcare makes their recovery faster. The Healthcare Advisory Board named it as one of the three pillars for healthcare transformation in its recent Playbook for Accountable Care.

Many studies show that when patients become active participants in their care, they are more inclined and motivated to accept responsibility for managing their own health. When patients are more involved, they become more aware and the results are better for the patient. This program makes the patient spend less money on the hospital and medicines. The healthcare industry has dedicated a lot of time and resources on looking ways to convey more patient-centered care over the last ten years.

There are a lot of approaches that have been tried and tested. Some become successful, but many are not. Many of those efforts were concentrated on strategies around the patient. Approaches must be focused on making the patient feel his or her involvement in managing his or her own health. In this manner, the patient will be more willing to take medications and be able to see the progress of her recovery.

There is an evolving care delivery model known as Interactive Patient Care (IPC). This model is based on the premise that a more engaged patient is a satisfied patient with better outcomes.

The current era of the healthcare system has been focused on improving the quality of the patient care and fast improvement recovery rate. This includes finding solutions that promise performance improvement in both managing patient care delivery and in managing the health of populations – it is significant that we make patient and family engagement a central part of the strategy.


Healthcare Improved Through Mobile Technology

hospitalIt’s no secret that technology is helping increase the quality of the healthcare system in the US. A clear example of this is mobile technology. Mobile healthcare technology has become standard in many hospitals and care facilities as devices and applications help clinicians and patients track and recall data related to individual patient care.

Many hospitals are so large that just navigating their corridors can be a daunting task. To assist with this, internal GPS are already commonly used by staff. Through the GPS and other mobile location devices, healthcare personnel keep tabs on patients at every point of care, avoiding duplicate tests or wrong patients. Monitoring patient flow using mobile-location based technologies will aid in improving the hospital’s efficiency and develop logistics for both staff and patients.

The devices nowadays have become more advance and smaller, making it more convenient for the user. Medical devices also are getting smaller and going wireless, allowing providers to bring care to patients in their home or community, rather than requiring patients to repeatedly go back to clinical offices for tests. These devices can be used by patients at home to check their things like blood pressure and send the information to their care provider in real-time. They need not to go back to the hospital for check-up avoiding stress and saving money. The devices will monitor their status which will directly send information to the hospital.

Permitting patients access to their data through patient portals makes them aware of their health status while away from the hospital, giving the patient more comfort and less trauma. It is improving patient engagement and care, as patients find and fill in gaps in their health records that clinicians may have missed. Upgrading the health care system through introduction of new technology saves more lives and promotes patient awareness of their health care.

Healthcare System Needs

There are a lot of outstanding leaders in American healthcare, but, on average, we still get unremarkable results. The answer is simple, management needs to be less about charisma and style, and more about creating managerial systems that standardize brilliance. The ventures couldn’t be higher. We must produce higher-quality, better-integrated care at a lower cost.

healthcare (1)In health care practice, our structures are normally too constricted and focused on today’s urgent problem. We respond with checklists, principles, action plans and strategy to improve performance on, say, a significant safety issue. Even when we use lean or Kaizen practices, it’s done in a limited way. Staff members treating patients end up dealing with a pile of disconnected proposals on top of their core responsibilities.

There is something else that needs concentration, but nothing is done to pick up the whole environment. Without a more global organizational viewpoint, we risk cutting costs reactively rather than thoughtfully. And, as we consolidate and build new affiliations, we introduce more cultural variation into the mix, making our institutions more confused and disordered, and generate more crises.

The better way to run healthcare delivery systems is to apply lean philosophy broadly to what and how we do everything. Organizational operating systems that regulate every facet of our work must be created. It means mounting common meeting agendas, uniform daily workflows, cascading communication and reliable use of relevant data across the enterprise.

Part of the task are the problem solving and modernization. The focus must be on the  well-defined and clearly articulated objectives, we can create organizations that are well-organized, successful and philosophical of their highest ambitions.

Leading wellbeing systems already use lean ideology to create more economical and focused workplaces and work cultures. The ThedaCare system in Wisconsin is a trailblazer in creating lean management systems. In the foreword to “Beyond Heroes,” the book about ThedaCare’s journey, John Toussaint, M.D., CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, writes, “When lean thinking goes only skin deep and management does not change, improvements cannot be sustained, and savings never quite hit the bottom line.”

New systems must be created to deeply reshape our associations so that we can get the healthcare results that our population deserve. We need a great system to reach our goals for a better healthcare services.