Registered Nurses Make a Difference with Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicators

Registered Nurses Make a Difference with Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicators


Identification: 2017_NEC_JA
Issue: July/August 2017


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In the ambulatory care setting where care is episodic, occurs over time, and is impacted by multiple, interprofessional care team members, it is difficult to measure the specific impact of the registered nurse (RN). Many innovative processes are being developed and individual RNs are finding unique ways to benchmark quality that are nurse sensitive and improve outcomes for patients. The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report: Meaningful Measurement of Nursing in the Ambulatory Patient Care Environment focused on the clinical practice and the quality improvement/research role of the RN and identified nine clinical practice dimensions and three quality/research dimensions. Roles of the ambulatory care RN and exemplars classified according to those roles and dimensions are provided.

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