Mentoring for employees during COVID-19

Posted on: October 16th, 2020 by Magdalena Malloy

The current state of mentoring for employees is gaining widespread attention in the organization as new cases of COVID-19 have been detected among employees. Since many people put their lives in danger while entering the workplace, there has been an increased demand to implement new precautionary protocols. Considering health risks for an aging population with chronic health problems among employees, safe health care practice, and education is a priority to keep the employees healthy. Enforcing interpersonal collaboration among employees, local pharmacists, and physicians to create teamwork that protects the health of healthcare providers in the organization. Education and communication training are reducing employees’ cases of positive COVID-19. Poor mentoring for employees contributes to sentinel events and is due to a lack of communication. Leadership took some actions to train employees and students to communicate clearly and efficiently with the rest of the team, which includes patients and their families, too.
There is always room to improve as many employees still don’t feel heard and understood by others in leadership positions. Paying close attention to strong communication lends itself to a decreased amount of omitted information and trust between two parties. Leadership developed mentoring for employees that are based on creating a culture of strong communication to decrease errors in detecting employees and patients that were exposed to COVID-19 to prevent more cases of COVID in the workplace. Observed gaps in continuation of safe and free of COVID-19 practice can be impacted by lack of knowledge regarding symptoms of COVID-19 among employees, exposure despite taking all required precautions, no access to free testing during work hours, no paid time off that could impose a financial hardship on families, inability to take sick days due to staff shortage in the company. To address these gaps and continue a safe work environment for healthcare employees and the patients, leadership must recognize their responsibility to positively impact employees’ safety and wellbeing through training for team-based care.
Employees are expected to know many different disciplines to treat patients and protect their own health simultaneously; protecting employees and their patients’ coordinated interprofessional approach is needed to deliver quality care. One of the gaps in the current capacity of nursing education to adapt to these demands, considering the shortage of nursing faculty and mentors. There is a concern related to the inability of health professionals to work together due to poor communication and collaborative practices. Leaving these issues unattended causes not only employees’ dissatisfaction: it puts lives in danger. Recent reports express concerns about the current capacity of nursing education to adapt to these demands, considering the shortage of nursing faculty and mentors. There are many concerns about the inability of health professionals to work together due to poor communication and collaborative practices. As described previously, many institutions describe high-quality mentoring for employees’ health care delivery as team-focused and patient-centered, with an emphasis on patient-centered collaborative care in practice environments. Developing meaningful interprofessional education opportunities and placing students in team-based learning opportunities is necessary to optimize preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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