Evolving practice of nursing and patient care delivery models
As we all know, the U.S. health care delivery system is undergoing major restructuring, and it is expected that this will have a significant impact on the practice of nursing. With this in mind, I would like to take a few minutes to share some of my research on how the practice of nursing is expected to grow and change in the coming years.
First of all, the concept of continuity or continuum of care is becoming increasingly important in health care delivery. This concept involves ensuring that patients receive care in a coordinated and seamless manner, regardless of where they are receiving treatment. For example, if a patient is discharged from the hospital, they should receive follow-up care from their primary care physician, rather than being sent back to the hospital.
One of the key ways that the health care delivery system is working to achieve continuity of care is through the use of accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are groups of health care providers that work together to provide coordinated, high-quality care to their patients. By collaborating with one another, ACOs aim to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs.
Another important development in health care delivery is the emergence of medical homes. Medical homes are primary care practices that are designed to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. They provide a wide range of services, including preventive care, chronic care management, and behavioral health services. The goal of medical homes is to ensure that patients receive the care they need, when they need it, and that they are able to access care in a coordinated and efficient manner.
Finally, nurse-managed health clinics are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. These clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and provide a range of primary care services to underserved communities. They offer a cost-effective and accessible alternative to traditional health care delivery models and are helping to address some of the disparities in access to care that exist in the U.S.
Now that I have shared some of my research with you, I would like to hear your impressions of the anticipated changes to health care delivery and the new role of nurses in hospital settings, communities, clinics, and medical homes. Let’s start a discussion and share our thoughts and experiences on this topic.
Summary of Feedback from Nurse Colleagues:
After sharing my presentation with three nurse colleagues, I received the following feedback:
Nurse 1: I think that the concept of continuity of care is going to be very important for us as nurses. We are often the ones who are responsible for ensuring that patients receive the care they need, and the idea of having a coordinated and seamless system of care is very appealing to me.
Nurse 2: I am very interested in the idea of nurse-managed health clinics. I think that this is a great way for nurses to take on a more active role in the delivery of health care and to help address some of the disparities that exist in access to care.
Nurse 3: I think that the development of medical homes is also very promising. I think that it is important for patients to have a primary care provider who they know and trust, and who can help them manage their health care needs.
Discussion of Feedback:
Overall, I think that the feedback from my nurse colleagues is consistent with what I have researched about health reform. They all seem to recognize the importance of continuity of care, as well as the role that nurse-managed health clinics and medical homes can play in improving access to care and improving patient outcomes.