The start of a new year is a great time for each of us to pause and reflect on the year ahead. Many of us make resolutions we hope will help us be happier, stronger, thinner, healthier, wealthier, wiser… or ___ (just fill in the blank). We resolve to do what we need to do to reach our goal. The list of resolutions and promises we make is as varied as each one of us.
Like everyone else, I make resolutions, too. As I think about the year ahead, I am drawn to the compelling need for us to work together, more closely than ever before, in interprofessional teams so we can meet the needs of the patients and families who come to BWH for care. This teamwork strengthens the partnerships we already have and helps us to form new ones, so we can work together in new and better ways. Our common goal is better care and better outcomes for patients and their families.
Patients and families are our guides on these teams serving to inform and shape their care. We build our caring and inclusive environment one relationship at a time, as we work together with team members who bring diverse perspectives. This is not easy work, but it is the work of health care for the future.
Partnerships are developed through relationship-based care and the key relationships with self, patients, families, colleagues and communities. The future of care is about caring practices and the human dimension of care, as well as the science of care. The future of care is about a just culture in which we learn together from mistakes rather than place blame. The future of care is about leveraging and using technology as one of our tools rather than being trapped and driven by the technology. With the arrival of PeCare in May, we have a huge opportunity to stay focused on this.
As always, the challenge is not in making a resolution but in sticking with it.
This year, each issue of Heart & Science will focus on key themes related to our contributions to the future of care. In this issue, you’ll read about some of the ways that relationships and partnerships are shaping the future of care with patients and with colleagues near and far.
In this new year, let’s set our collective resolution and common intention to advance our role in working together to shape and lead the future of care.
With great resolve and very good wishes for a happy and healthy new year!
Jackie Somerville, PhD, RN
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services