The lack of coordination among health care providers contributes to the estimated 44,000 to 98,000 deaths from medical errors each year.
The good news is that there is a monumental shift from a provider-focused paradigm to patient-centered care. As a result, the system is becoming more patient- and family-centered and members of the health care coordination team are working to improve models of care. The bad news is that, while care coordination is needed, achieving it will not be easy.
It is up to nurses to lead this transition and RNs to step up and draw attention to the integral part they play in improving patient care quality, satisfaction, and the effective and efficient use of health care resources.
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Stacey Cropley, DNP, RN, CPN is the Director of Practice for the Texas Nurses Association. Cropley has presented on important nursing topics from Safe Staffing, Relationship-Based Care Model and Care Coordination.
Navigating New Frontiers: Care Coordination and the Essential Role of Nursing provides 1.0 CNE contact hours (60 minute contact hour).
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Objective 1: Articulate the essential role of nurses in care coordination.
Objective 2: Identify strategies for integrating care coordination into nursing practice.
Objective 3: Address common barriers to care coordination .