The mission of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is to advance nurse-led health care through policy, consultation, and programs to reduce health disparities and meet people’s primary care and wellness needs. Nurse-led care exists at the intersection of multidisciplinary healthcare, where nurses have a transformative role as holistic caregivers, advocates, and leaders. Nurses have unique skills and insight to treat the whole person, serving as a critical connection between compassionate and evidence-based healthcare. Nurse-led care is defined by nurses working to the full scope of their licensure as part of a team, embracing principles of nursing, to engage patients, families and communities to deliver evidence-based, whole-person care.
Nurse-led principles of care can be used to deliver improved outcomes for patients, staff, and the larger healthcare community. This includes:
In 2015, NNCC and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) partnered to create the Nurse Practitioner Support & Alignment Network (NP SAN) as part of a CMS-funded, four-year, national practice transformation initiative. As clinical practices move from fee-for-service to new, value-based payment methodologies NPs will need the skills and tools to provide patient-centered, high-quality, sustainable services. The NP SAN developed a series of workshops focused on critical principles of nurse-led care key to practice transformation. These included the optimization of interdisciplinary care teams, and the use of care teams for care coordination. NNCC conducted 18 in-person training workshops for 962 participants from 216 practices across 13 states. NP SAN training partners realized impressive improvements in patient health and cost savings as a result of their work with NNCC and the TCPI. These included:
The town of Firth has a population of 400, but the Firth Medical Center sees patients from across southeastern Idaho, Montana, and Utah. A significant portion of the clinic’s patients receives Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Patients travel as long as four hours for primary and specialty care. One of the three NPs speaks Spanish and works with Idaho’s migrant worker population, one specializes in women’s health, and a part-time social worker connects patients to community resources. This responsiveness to the community has made Firth Medical Center a successful, sustainable practice that is integral to maintaining the region’s health. Despite being small in size, the clinic was able to enter into value-based payment arrangements, and has seen improvements in depression screenings, blood pressure control, BMI, and diabetic adherence to care.Click here for Upcoming Webinars