Interprofessional Roles and Collaborations to Address COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges in Nursing Homes

Authors

  • Yu Jin Kang Emory University
  • Karen Monsen School of Nursing, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Betsy Jeppesen Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
  • Candy Hanson Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
  • Kathie Nichols Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
  • Kelly O'Neill Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
  • Jennifer Lundblad Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24926/ijps.v9i1.4644

Keywords:

COVID-19 Pandemic, Interprofessional and multidisciplinary partnership, Nursing home, The Omaha System

Abstract

Nursing home experts and informatics nurses collaborated to develop guidelines for nursing homes that revealed partnership principles in action during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article describes efforts to define interprofessional nursing home staff roles within the partnership-based COVID-19 Response Guideline, and to examine changes in nursing practice compared to the pre-pandemic practice of nurses. The qualitative process of identification of nursing home staff roles revealed the extensive scope of interprofessional partnership needed to respond to the pandemic. Using the Omaha System structure, we compared these collective COVID-19 response interventions of Nursing Service roles with nursing interventions of RNs and LPN/LVNs defined in previous nursing home studies. This comparison showed the necessary transformation and collaboration among nurses needed for the pandemic response in nursing homes. The Omaha System Pandemic Guideline is available online and in the Omaha System Guidelines app for immediate use as COVID-19 response practice guidelines and references for interprofessional roles in nursing homes, as well as for multidisciplinary roles across diverse care settings. The guideline is an exemplar of how informatics can facilitate interprofessional and multidisciplinary partnership for nursing homes and other care settings. Future use of the guidelines for decision making and documentation related to infection prevention and control in nursing homes may improve care quality and health outcomes of residents and population.

Published

2022-05-24

How to Cite

Kang, Y. J., Monsen, K., Jeppesen, B., Hanson, C., Nichols, K., O’Neill, K., & Lundblad, J. (2022). Interprofessional Roles and Collaborations to Address COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges in Nursing Homes. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 9(1), Article 7. https://doi.org/10.24926/ijps.v9i1.4644