If there’s one thing that school has stressed within these two years, it’s this: Evidence based practice. What can we do in our day to day work to make things more effective and efficient?
Unfortunately, with some systems, the policies and structures are governed by the ‘higher state’ authorities; people who pretty much get paid the big bucks and calls the shots. And who goes through with implementing these “efficient and effective” methods of doing things? Us. The people at the very bottom of the food chain. I just find it ironic and silly how we need to enforce these rules or policies… but sometimes, they don’t realize how impractical and unfeasible it really is to implement them. Instead of figuring out ways to reduce the “revolving door” dilemma, people are huddled around a table thinking of concepts of how to better make things efficient by getting the therapists to double make their schedules and ensure that they book times with patients… even though it’s an acute care environment. Does “acute care” not ring any bells to anyone that maybe the idea of scheduling ALL appointments is unrealistic?! Yes. These things may take “only a few minutes or seconds” of your busy schedule, but how many patients do we see each day? So how many minutes does it ultimately add up to? Enough to probably see one more patient. Which would mean more patient care. But nope. Instead, we are to spend those “few minutes” to a.) double schedule and b.) to wipe down every single piece of item between each patient.
Yup. The system of efficiency.