Users love the HANDS system

Toy Bartley, nurse educator at St Joseph Mercy Hospital, describes the HANDS Method as follows: “HANDS fosters mindfulness. Having an accurate and up-to-date description of the issues (NANDA), interventions (NIC) and desired outcomes (NOC) helps our nurses to be mindful of their care, from the moment the patient arrives on the unit, until the time to handoff to the next nurse. The nurse can prioritize the most important issues on the plan and get a realistic view of what needs to be done for the shift, and is able to communicate succinctly the needs to be followed-up, during handoff.  Nurses can quickly update HANDS during the shift if the patient’s status proves to be unpredictable.  In handoff nurses give the rationale for their plan and outcome ratings and this serves as a bridge to set the scene for the oncoming nurse. The goal of the day is discussed and incorporated into HANDS from the interdisciplinary rounds, thus making the HANDS careplan a true representation for the team.”

“I enthusiastically support the HANDS Method because it offers so much more than an information system. The impact is more than you see in other information systems because it helps grow and sustain the nurse's critical thinking skills.  It elevates the way nurses think about their practice.  It allows them to think about the big picture of a patient's care and follow outcomes over time.  It is so different from the other information systems that are being developed which focus mainly at the task level.”  Mary Lou Wesley, Chief Nurse Executive, St Joseph Mercy Hospital

Joan Connors, service delivery leader at St Joseph Mercy Hospital, describes how her organization views HANDS by saying,  “This is the first time I have ever seen a clinical area that has really been fully successful in getting care plans done for their patients, which I think is a huge accomplishment.” 

Privacy Statement  |   Terms Of Use   |   Login  
Copyright 2008 by Health Team IQ