The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives recently issued a statement defining how nurse leaders can help their facilities and clinicians achieve the Triple Aim of healthcare: improving the quality of patient care, improving the health of communities and reducing healthcare costs.
“Registered nurses are the largest group of frontline healthcare professionals,” Pamela Thompson, AONE CEO and American Hospital Association senior vice president for nursing, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, said in a news release. “That’s why it is crucial for nurse leaders to take initiative and prepare their delivery systems and nursing staff for care coordination and transition management. The principles in the joint statement will help guide leaders in acute and outpatient settings to achieve the best patient experience and outcomes.”
AAACN and AONE issued this joint statement to provide nurse leaders with the principles to ensure quality in care coordination and transition management across all levels, settings and providers of care.
“Care coordination is a role that synchronizes all aspects of patient care, from admission to discharge home or to another care setting, and follow-up with other care providers,” AAACN CEO Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, said in the release. “The goal is to ensure people don’t struggle through the system or fall through the cracks.”
Getting nurse leaders on board is a critical step in the process, according to Hnatiuk. The collaboration with AONE “is an historic one because it bridges the traditional silos between acute care and ambulatory care nursing, thereby forging ground on a seamless patient experience throughout their continuum of care,” Hnatiuk said in the release.
Joint leadership in action
Both organizations disseminated the statement to their own members and are encouraging awareness throughout the entire nursing and healthcare industries. In addition, they will be presenting the joint statement and holding an open discussion during a session at the AAACN 2016 Annual Conference in May and the AONE 2016 Annual Meeting in March.
The complete position statement can be downloaded from aone.org or aaacn.org.