I would like to ask for a helping hand from you.
We are about to trial a team nursing model in our emergency department and I’m not sure what to make of it.
At the moment each nurse in our ED is assigned a set of beds on commencing their shift accepting responsibility and accountability for the care delivered to the patients in those beds.
The proposed model would see a team of nurses assigned a larger *cluster* of patients that they would care for throughout the shift. In this model patients would not be assigned to individual nurses, but fall under the collective responsibility of the team.
Now, I am interested if this team model approach would in fact be best practice, or even an evidenced based approach in the Emergency Department. There seems to be a fairly evenly divided opinion in the literature although this is generally based on ward environment settings. I am interested if anyone has experience with a team based model in the emergency department setting, and if so, what the pros and cons of such a system are.
I am being asked to champion this trial, which I am more than happy to do if I believe it will improve quality of care and staff satisfaction but as of yet I am unconvinced.
Any input will be greatly appreciated, in fact I’ll shout you coffee and cake.