The Discharge Planning Committee was developed as a means of encouraging greater staff involvement in the total care of the patient. Each committee member is the discharge planning consultant for her area and is directly involved with assisting the staff in developing goals and objectives for discharge planning. The committee functions for problem solving, information dissemination, support, and evaluation. The ultimate goal of the committee is to increase the level of wellness for the patient by improving the committee is to increase the level of wellness for the patient by improving the transition from hospital to home.
Personally, I have found this method of involving staff tremendously rewarding. The nurses have been enthusiastic and committed to accomplishing the task set forth. The more a persong is involve in programs of change, the more likely he is really to change his patterns of practice and commit himself to new ones. As a result, I can honestly say that the patients are receiving a higher quality of care.