Facilitating Hospital Discharges on Weekends with Gillian Kozinka

This episode profiles nurse innovation in closing the system gap to facilitate discharges of patients on weekends to enable the right patient, right place, right care philosophy. This quality improvement initiative focused on improved multidisciplinary communication, resource utilisation and both staff and patient wellbeing. The health human resources crisis and capacity challenges in the health care system requires us to look at our challenges through a different lens, so instead of strategizing alone on attracting additions to the workforce, we as a team designed a process to reduce the capacity and therefore the workload of the team. The aim was to specifically highlight was that, with a seven day week focus we can improve discharge rates on weekends and enhance flow principles at a tertiary care hospital.

If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please contact our guest Gillian Kozinka:

Gillian Kozinka, RN, BScN
Clinical Operations Director,
Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria, BC
gillian.kozinka@islandhealth.ca

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