Solidify the Nurse Leader’s Role in Care Coordination

Nurse Leader Insider, April 21, 2016

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Written by Jennifer Thew, RN

For better or for worse, this, shall we say, "unique" primary election season has caused me to do some deep thinking. Not so much about the candidates or their platforms, but rather about our society and way of life.

Do we want to run the country like a business where finances, bottom lines, and budgets are what's important? Do we want to function as a community where all entities—government, schools, and citizens—have a personal investment in achieving shared goals and outcomes? Does it have to be "either/or? Can it be "both/and?"

I don't have the answers, but, lately, when I've been thinking about healthcare, I've been mulling over the same questions.

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Healthcare leaders have been doing the same.

In February when I hosted the HealthLeaders Media roundtable, "How Informatics Can Reshape Healthcare," panelist Kevin Myers, senior client director at GE Healthcare, made the following point, "There are a number of stake holders that are involved…They all have to put a little skin in the game. It can't just be the health system that carries the entire burden of improving outcomes."

This concept of collaborating across the care continuum to achieve mutual goals was discussed last month at the American Organization of Nurse Executives 2016 annual conference in Fort Worth TX. It came up during the concurrent session, "The Nurse Leader's Role in Care Coordination and Transition Management." Four nurse leader-panelists outlined the specifics of a joint statement on care coordination and transition management between AONE and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

"We will look at it not from the perspective of how do you begin, or how do you implement care coordination and transition management but… from the role of the nurse leader," says Susan Paschke, former senior director ambulatory nursing at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

"What do you need to know and how do you need to work in order to make sure that you can implement it in your organization?"

Because care coordination and transition management are so integral in today's healthcare system, the two organizations felt it wise to further clarify the nurse leader's role in these areas. Together they developed six strategies that acute and postacute care nurse leaders could apply to care coordination and transition care management.

For care coordination strategies, continue reading at Health Leaders Media.

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