The Role of the DNP Scholar in Preparing for Change
As our population continues to rise along with life expectancy, large cadres of nursing practice and research scholars are needed to address the pressing healthcare issues in our society. Utilization of nursing inquiry and the ability to translate evidence into practice for the betterment of patient care and overall outcomes is key. Additionally, they are well prepared to address system challenges and concerns and implement changes for improvement here as well. The work of the cadre will enhance the translation of evidence into practice, with the utilization of learned quality improvement methodologies aimed to both improve and transform the delivery of healthcare (Trautman et al., 2018).
In an effort to lead clinical innovation the cadre needs to become strong leaders and influencers. They are positioned to negotiate and work highly groups to effect change with the implementation of any or all aspects of nursing inquiry (Fuller & Hansen, 2019). Forming professional relationships through networking is also beneficial. These relationships afford the person leading change a consortium of resources to support and assist with change.
Simply implementing a change in any type of environment is rarely successful and/or sustainable. Providing the audience with the evidence and outcomes when implementing a desired change in practice is important. We as healthcare workers should be providing care with a patient centered approach and possess a common desire to attain high quality and safety outcomes. As leaders of change, we must possess strong self-awareness along with the characteristic of approachability and adaptability. As we implement changes, we along with our teams, can identify limitations and make adjustments according for optimal results.
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