The STAR method is an evidence based framework used in many disciplines that require critical thinking. It helps nurses be more focused and intentional with the nursing care they provide. In fact, this method has been shown to help reduce medical errors by 90% therefore making it a vital tool for every nurse.
Remember, nurses don’t just take orders and follow them like robots! To the contrary, nurses are expected to use critical thinking and understand the implications of the orders and interventions they carry through. Doing something “just because the doctor told you so” is not a good enough rationale. At the end of the day or night, as a patient advocate, you have to protect your patients and your nursing license.
Be a STAR nurse and shine bright for your patients by taking brief moments to STOP, THINK, ACT and REVIEW throughout your shift!