Nurses are the backbone of Flowers Hospital’s clinical care. With the transformation of the healthcare system well underway, care coordination is now being highlighted by hospitals, health systems, and insurers as a key tool in improving patient health and satisfaction and controlling healthcare costs. Registered nurses’ contributions to care coordination have long been a core professional standard and competency for RNs. It is what nurses do. It is what they have always done. Whether developing care plans guided by patients' needs and preferences, educating patients and their families at discharge, doing their best to facilitate continuity of care for patients across settings and among providers, RNs make coordinated care possible.
As clinical leaders, nurses can have a significant impact through discharge planning. They are uniquely qualified to recognize and provide tailored guidance for patients at risk for negative outcomes or a readmission. Being proactive is very important.
A nurse's first-hand knowledge of a patient's condition also can lead to discussions with colleagues about disease management for complex patients. Maintaining these relationships bolsters nurses' abilities to manage the needs of certain groups proactively, such as patients living with diabetes or children with asthma. Nurses can create interventions that potentially improve the group's overall health.
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4370 West Main St.
Dothan, AL 36305