J Nurs Adm. 2023 Feb 1;53(2):116-123. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000001252.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the impact of an innovative nonclinical support role to improve patient experiences while supporting nurse work on inpatient units.
BACKGROUND: On the basis of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, patients' experience declined nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic. A nonclinical support role, titled an Experience Coordinator, was created as a test of change to collaborate with care teams and respond to patients' and families' nonclinical needs.
METHODS: This is a quality improvement (QI) project for a supportive role development and implementation. The health system's HCAHPS data were compared before and after the role was tested on 3 inpatient units.
RESULTS: The HCAHPS data indicated that 5 of the 10 domains' top box ratings increased during the QI project month compared with the previous month.
CONCLUSION: The study findings may support the implementation of new innovative nonclinical positions to alleviate nurses' workload and promote patients' hospital experience.