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Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2012

"Many family practices don't have enough time to focus on this, so we will provide as much education as the patient needs," she said in a statement.

Nurses play a pivotal role in providing these very basic, but too often unmet needs in the community. It's almost strange to think about such simple interventions such as making sure patients

  • Understand their health conditions,
  • Know how to take their medications properly,
  • Have access to programs that can help them financially


is one that's so influential, but is also so easy to overlook. Nurses, without even dispensing medicines, can act as powerful agents of change for patients who might have otherwise slipped through the cracks.

The benefit isn't only for patients, however.

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1 comments on "Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions"


Monica Rauton, DNP, ANP-BC (9/4/2012 at 2:14 PM)
As a recent graduate of the doctor of nursing practice program at Arizona State University, development and implementation of an outpatient heart failure clinic was what I focused on for my evidence based practice project. Our program is a multidisciplinary 6 week outpatient program that involves a cardilogy NP (myself), 2 certified HF nurses, a pharmacologist, a dietician and an exercise physiologist. Our setting is in cardiac rehab and we offer not only education, but weekly physical assessments and an exercise component. Our program has been very successful and has been effective in reducing readmission rates, improving quality of life and functional status for patients. Many more clinics such as these are needed and are actively being developed and implemented. This is refreshing as medicine is in dire need of a more preventative approach to patient care.