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3 C's to Better Patient Care - Nurse Collaboration

“Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” - Mattie Stepanek

It’s no secret that nurses love nursing because of their passion towards caring for people. Nurses care for their patients from admittance to discharge, which provides ample opportunity to foster great patient experiences. As a company who’s focused on nursing and hourly rounding, Nobl believes great patient care comes down to three key nursing factors: collaboration, communication, and compliance.

Collaboration within nursing, especially with most organizations staffing to census, is extremely important. Many nurses take care of anywhere from 3 to 6 patients during one 12-hour shift, which can be taxing on time essential for patient care. Injuries, diseases, and illnesses have become increasingly complex, which makes providing quality and compassionate nursing a team effort.

We’ve created a list of three nursing practices that have been proven to improve nurse collaboration, patient experience, and even HCAHPS scores. It all comes down to…

1. Regular Shift Huddles

Huddles are an essential part of many sports team strategies, as well as business planning, but regular huddles involving all on-duty floor nurses and nurse directors have shown positive results when collaborating to deliver great patient care.

A nurse director at Central Baptist Hospital successfully implemented unit-wide huddles and was able to connect a unit with nurses who rarely ventured from one side of their unit to the other. By huddling at strategic shift times, floor nurses collaborated with each other when help was needed, ensuring every patient was given the care they needed.

Thanks to advances in technology, digital unit rounding maps are a way for nurses to visualize in real-time where their fellow nurses need a helping hand!

2. Continuous Communication between Nurses, Patients, and Family

Many nurses find time in the day to talk with their patients’ families, whether in person or by phone, but there are many other ways to improve upon the family communication process. We all know that nurses finishing their shift should always debrief their patients’ statuses to the nurse relieving them during shift changes, but thanks to the practice of hourly rounding, more advanced communication technology have become available, allowing consistent nurse to family communication every single hour.

3. Collaboration between Floor Nurses and Nurse Managers

According to ANA and AONE in Principles of Collaborative Relationships, effective collaboration between floor nurses and nurse managers comes down to effective communication, authentic relationships between nurse managers and floor nurses, and a culture of learning, growth and education. An environment where all nurses feel safe and encouraged to grow ensures healthy relationships, and optimal nurse manager and floor nurse collaboration.

Nurse Collaboration is part one of a three part series on how nurses can deliver better patient care.

Nobl Press Release, June 19, 2015

Nobl Closes Series A Funding Round and Prepares for Accelerated Growth
With New Hires, Nobl on Fast Track to Expand Product Line

JUNE 19, 2015 (Lincoln, Nebraska) — With help from Nelnet, Linseed Capital, the Nebraska Angels, and other strategic investors, Lincoln, Nebraska based Nobl has successfully completed their Series A funding round — positioning themselves for accelerated growth while allowing for significant new hires and novel software development. Nobl has doubled the size of their development team and has successfully hired additional client services, sales, and business development positions.

Perhaps one of the most important hires the Series A has allowed for is Nobl’s new Vice President of Business Development, Randy Smeal. Smeal brings 30 years of medical sales and sales management experience to the team. He has built relationships throughout the United States with numerous healthcare organizations, manufacturers, consultants, engineers, salespeople, and distributors. Smeal has worked for several national medical brands, including Kendall-Colgate, Zimmer, Synthes, Stryker, and Zeiss.

In addition to the new hires, the money raised will drive new product R&D and support the expansion of Nobl’s marketing and advertising efforts.

“We believe that nurses are the lifeblood of the hospital. Nurses spend the most time with patients and truly impact their clinical outcomes — this is why we see an immense opportunity in technology to aid in the delivery of care at the bedside,” states Katie Hottovy, Chief Marketing Officer.

This opportunity of technology-aided care has helped Nobl identify a number of new product avenues, the next of which will be launching in August of this year. This new offering will work in collaboration with their current hourly rounding platform, Vigilance™, to provide even greater benefits to both patients and nursing staff.

With the round, Nobl is able to work faster than ever towards the goal of pioneering a future of safer healthcare delivery.

About Nobl

Nobl is focused on reshaping the future of healthcare delivery by enhancing the way nurses care for patients. The company is passionate about creating software that’s not only intuitive to use but makes nurses’ lives easier. Vigilance™, their software platform, combines evidence-based best practices and real-time technology to improve clinical outcomes, enhance the patient experience, and revolutionize the way quality assurance is communicated in healthcare.

For more information about this press release, email: info@noblhealth.com

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