Healthcare services lie within the primary class of need. The contemporary healthcare delivery systems have been restructured in quest to provide quality healthcare services to the patients. The new developments require inter-professional alliance in order to attain high quality patient outcomes in our health care centers (Wynia et.al, 2012). Nevertheless, the required alliance cannot be realized if the professionals do not comprehend the essence of teamwork in this sector. All health care professionals and extensive management teams must therefore seek to embrace the spirit of team work in the quest to offer high quality services to the patients as well as achieve the organizational objectives (Mitchell et.al, 2012).
Nurses are the daily managers of the health care units and hence deal with majority of the cases presented by the patients. For this reason therefore, nurses should be in the front line of developing a team that works together to achieve the healthcare goals. Nurses are in the center of health services delivery. Their contribution to positive change in health care sector is indeed the primary stage of healthcare reforms. Inter-professional partnership refers to the cohesive bonding of different departments from within and outside an organizational structure with an aim of maximizing services delivery (Wynia et.al, 2012). The cost of accessing quality healthcare services across the globe has been highly inflated. The prime reason why the cost of accessing healthcare services is still very high is the fact that the relevant entities have failed the test of collaborative management.
Private health care providers offer the best care services at an incredibly high price (Wynia et.al, 2012). High charges hence locks out the less fortunate who form approximately 62% of the total global human populace. It is such devastating conditions that has led to the urgency of transformational style of management that aims to produce the timely rescue to the state of healthcare across the globe (Cherry & Jacob, 2013). Ancient health care systems defined the patient as an object that requires service from the healthcare professionals at a certain cost.
Due to such assumption, the patients never contributed in managing their condition and hence made the menace of diseases quite wide. In the modest high0funciton healthcare facilities, patients have been actively involved in the team (Cherry & Jacob, 2013). This is by far the best decision that the healthcare professionals have made. It is the perfect way of developing the strong bond between the patient as the victim and the nursing fraternity as the caregivers not forgetting the families of these patients and the general society. The perfect example of teamwork in direct patient care that I have professionally encountered is new hospital management system.
The families of patients have for quite a long time been subjected hefty cost of managing the conditions of their loved ones. At the hospice admission point, patients have had to wait in queues and even some lose their lives because of the bureaucratic management structure that put the burden on the patients and their loved ones (Mitchell et.al, 2012). The new hospital management systems have however brought in a new wake in this sector that has seen departments embrace technology and have a sense of urgency in attending to patients.
Team dynamics have strengthened under the new developments since patients’ data and processing is done collaboratively. Patients information can easily be accessed via the newly developed software and hence reducing the time and charges that a patient incurs in the healthcare facilities (Treadwell et.al, 2014). Nurses have been receiving unfair criticism and accusation simply because of faulty management cultures. Introduction of inter-professional collaboration has given birth team flexibility.
Communication barrier for example has been a major reason of delay in health care services delivery. One nurse is attached to approximately ten different cases at a time under the ancient management culture. Fortunately, the contemporary administration strategies equip nurses with the opportunity to attend to a specific case at a go and efficiently as a result of effective communication channel and flow of authority that eradicates the challenge of contradiction (Cherry & Jacob, 2013). Take for instance the division of healthcare facilities in to different care departments such as emergency, pediatric, cardiology and mental wings. Unlike the ancient era of either private or public wings, the modern way of operation in healthcare facilities divides the human body into different part and hence the structure of the hospital is divided in to such divisions with the respective professionals.
These divisions mean high-functioning healthcare facilities have specialized diagnostic procedure for different ailments and specialized healthcare professionals as per the department. Efficiency, accountability and reliability of services offered in our facilities. It is also a prudent move towards devolution of quality health care services to the average and low class members of the society (Parsons, 1997). I believe the presence of inter-professional collaboration contributes positively to aiding the patient but and also forms a strong ethical foundation that pushes the parties involved in the healthcare sector to sacrifice their time, resources, skills and experience to help save even more lives.
The mortality rate has drastically dropped courtesy of the new inter-professional team work spirit that draw support from as far as the business entities (Wynia et.al, 2012). The strong team dynamics among the healthcare professionals has attracted some corporate bodies which have in return offered to help these professionals either by paying for them to further their skills or equipping these facilities with new machines to help meet the enormous demand for quality healthcare services. The cost of accessing healthcare services is gradually dropping to an affordable range meaning that all patients will soon have express access to quality healthcare.
The value of developing measurable processes and outcomes to me is the hardest and most complex combination of quality and values of high-functioning healthcare teams. It is hard to formulate a unanimous appraisal criteria to measure the contribution of each member in the team (Wynia et.al, 2012). Specific goals will also tend to vary since people have different personalities. Collective goals might also be very hard to formulate since they might contradict with the organizational goals and hence instigating a confusing environment that will undermine the performance of these professionals.
Inter-professional collaboration in high-functioning healthcare faculties has gradually developed from the contemporary trait of modern management style to the mandatory requirement in health care practice. We are living in the techno-modern era that is characterized by massive technological and infrastructural developments. These developments have come with new ways of operation. It is therefore prudent to adopt and implement the positive developments all in the aim of making life more secure and enjoyable. The positive change in the healthcare sector is a perfect specimen of how good such developments can be used to transform life from pathetic to purposeful, secure and enjoyable.
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