4The nurses at Renown Health make a genuine difference every day for the people and communities we serve. To share their voices and perspective, BestMedicine is proud to introduce Beyond the Bedside, a blog featuring Jen Richards, PhD, RN, Renown Health vice president and chief nursing officer, acute care services, and Melodie Obsborn, RN, BSN, vice president and chief nursing officer, transitional care services.
Since nurses have traditionally been in charge of providing care at the bedside, many people assume our role centers on creating a positive patient experience — an assumption that couldn’t be more true. What people may not think about is the fact that creating this positive patient experience is just one of many vital roles fulfilled by a nurse and is actually part of our broad focus on quality and patient safety.
Nurses are integral to delivering safe, quality care both at the individual and the system level. Nurses must solve problems, make decisions, set priorities and collaborate with team members. Nurses must identify — and bridge — gaps in care that could place patients’ health at risk. And, to develop pragmatic care plans, we must apply an understanding of how a person’s environment impacts his or her wellness.
Our highest priority at Renown Health is delivering high-quality, safe, patient-centered care, and we believe our nurses are at the heart of this effort.