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The Patient Experience is Not About Obamacare

January 13, 2017

Patient experience not about ObamacareAs many of us struggle with the uncertainty in the U.S. healthcare system, it’s important to realize that the patient experience is not about the system.

It is about human beings living through health events, concerned about their families, and about the caregivers who interact with them.

The patient experience is about how medical and nursing teams take on the responsibility of caring for their patients. Because no matter what, our humanity still meets at the bedside.

The Patient Experience Knows No Political View

When Florence Nightingale took on the British Army Hospitals, the fact that she was the first woman to ever be part of the British Military was irrelevant to her. She knew patients were dying needlessly and she was driven to stop it.

In the Middle East where multiple conflicts exist, medical and nursing teams shed their political concerns and take on human concerns.

Suffering casualties in Syria, the Sudan, and other places of conflict, Doctors Without Borders has only reluctantly left these places where it was most needed.

The Patient Experience is a Human Experience

At its core, the patient experience is a human experience and experience of being human. It knows no system or political view.

It only knows the ethical, compassionate, and skilled practices provided to patients when they most need it. It knows only the relationships that make patients feel safe.

If we get caught up in the system, it is not difficult to put the patient behind the demands of the system.  But, to experience caring and compassion, patients must be placed first.

How can front-line caregivers do this? First, be aware of what motivates you.  Understand that the ratings or scores the hospital receives and may be different than your own experience.

Respect your own drive for excellence and your own need for compassion and empathy. Above all, use everything in your power to deliver that same excellence and compassion to your patients and colleagues.

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