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Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions



Free clinics and programs staffed largely by nurses play a simple, but powerful role in reducing hospitalizations and readmissions, saving money, and keeping patients healthy. The benefit isn't only for patients.



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.