I really like it when things come around full circle. It’s times like this when it makes the hard work worthwhile.
What am I talking about, you ask? So far this month, there have been reports or publications regarding:
- Nurse fatigue
- Updating the Triple Aims to the Quadruple Aims to include the work-life balance of healthcare providers, with burnout and dissatisfaction being highly correlated to paperwork
- An Express Scripts report focusing on Opioid trends: A Nation in Pain
How does all of this come full circle for me? I have worked over the past year with nurses and healthcare providers and all of these topics have come up in one way, shape or form. So what does this mean?
It means a lot. It means that we need to listen and pay more attention to nurses who are often times the front-line providers of care. It means that we need to acknowledge that our healthcare providers, just like patients, are people first – with needs, wants, etc. It means that while we should continue to focus on providing better care, improving population health and decreasing costs (which are the Triple Aims) we should also think about the environment people are working in and the stresses people are under. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous that providers spend a lot of their time on paperwork; that patinets are being prescribed multiple narcotics and are taking them for a prolonged period of time.
So, while things have come full circle for me – that’s a signal that we are moving in the right direction but just need to continue to push the envelope further. Let’s stay ahead of our time and not fall behind.