They Finally Asked Nurses About Care Coordination...Here is What They Said

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM


The American Nurses Association has responded to the call for greater care coordination by launching initiatives laying out a series of policy priorities and goals to help their members (nurses) continue to take the lead in expanding and refining care coordination across the spectrum of healthcare. Here is an excerpt from an interview with the American Nurses Association's Senior Director of Product Development, Terri Gaffney.

Q: How has care coordination evolved in recent years? And how is it evolving now?
A: This is something we, as nurses, have always done. But the model of care coordination is evolving along with the broader view of healthcare. Traditionally, we, as nurses, have viewed it from the perspective of the discharge planning process, often from the moment of admission. But now the conversation is about taking our view to a higher level, looking at the different environments in which a patient might receive care. Under this model, we’re looking at taking the conversation all the way back to a patient’s home environment, as well.
Q: How will care coordination change in the future?
A: It’s going to be so different and exciting. With all of the advancements in technology, care is going to be delivered in new and amazing ways. For the elderly, for instance, who live in a setting with remote monitoring, we’ll be able to measure things like how often they get out of bed at night, whether they’re drinking enough water, whether they’re sleeping enough, so we can monitor their needs from afar and intervene when necessary to help them live healthier, better quality lives. There is a world of possibilities that are just endless.
So our challenge, then, is to help nurses understand the future, see the possibilities and then get there.
Right now, a key area we’re working on is helping nurses practice to the full extent of their licensing and education. There is a big emphasis on APNs, but also just as fully on RNs as we have this energized, interesting conversation on what care coordination will look like in the future.


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