Nurse Coaching Helps Residents, Staff Take Ownership, Article Suggests

May 10, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Situations that would benefit from nurse coaching include those in which a resident refuses to take his medication, a resident is not eating properly because she “hates” the food at the community, and a talented nurse is often late—problems that require the cooperation of the person involved, states a March 27, 2013, Long-Term Livingarticle. Rather than “telling someone what to do,” a nurse coach kindles the person’s self-awareness and ability to self-manage. “The idea is to get the person to acknowledge the problem and buy into a viable course of corrective action,” the article states. One expert cited in the article says that coaching is “a relationship-centered approach to supporting the growth and development of others.” According to another expert, “Using our core competencies, we try to connect with patients’ strengths, help them recognize what they want to learn, and encourage them in what they want to do with their lives.”

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