Why is being part of my center’s QI team important to me?

For many reasons. But one that comes to mind right away is that we didn’t get to opt-in to this disease. We are in – all in. Over the course of this journey, we have had to learn to navigate many paths. We’ve experienced phone call processes, waiting rooms, treatments, and planning around a disease that at times consumes our thoughts and actions. We didn’t navigate these paths for a higher purpose or with greatness in mind. We did it because we had to. And on some many occasions, the work of navigating was hard. We found ourselves exhausted by the tasks and fearful of the next step.

And then suddenly, there was this opportunity. One that I could choose. One that was organized around the idea of improvement.  A place to use my insight and experiences – what had become my expertise as a parent of a chronically ill child – to add value and depth.  Because, you see, I NEEDED to have a place to use this knowledge I now have. I desperately wanted my work of navigating and fighting to matter, not just for my son…but on a larger scale.

The first time someone on my team asked my opinion or my thoughts…the first time I came to a Learning Session and someone asked me to weigh in on a conversation, our journey became easier…because it was needed.

3 thoughts on “Why is being part of my center’s QI team important to me?

  1. Pingback: Transitioning at Children’s Mercy Hospital | LOOP

  2. Jamie – thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on what it’s like to be a part of your IBD team. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future!

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