Tips from BESD: Collaboration and teamwork facilitate integration of the Synergy Model into acute care practice

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 17, 2010

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN) Synergy(tm) Model is based on the concept that the needs or characteristics of patients and families influence and drive the characteristics or competencies of nurses. "Synergy results when the needs and characteristics of a patient, clinical unit or system are matched with a nurse's competencies" (AACN, 2010).

As part of the shared governance model at Beaufort (SC) Memorial Hospital (BMH), the nursing department was challenged to identify and implement a care delivery model that speaks to competency issues in relation to the complex and dynamic needs of patients. The AACN Synergy Model, which incorporates Benner's novice to expert model (Benner, 1984), was chosen since it would help capture various levels of nursing competencies in relation to patient needs.

Editor's note: Subscribers to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development can read the rest of this article in the December 2010 issue.

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