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Establishing a nurse practitioner model to enhance continuity between palliative care settings

journal contribution
posted on 2016-12-01, 00:00 authored by Margaret O'Connor, Stacey Palfreyman, Brian Le, Rosalind Lau
BACKGROUND: Nurse practitioners (NP) are relatively new in Australia with national registration achieved in 2010. Most NP-related literature is about establishing models and scope of practice. This paper reports on the establishment and 12-month evaluation of an NP model of care, between inpatient and community palliative care services, developed to coordinate client care between hospital and home. AIM: To enhance patient outcomes, in hospital or home; to enhance professional relationships between services and facilitate effective discharges and admissions between services. DESIGN AND SETTING: Both services worked together to develop an evaluation framework, based on agreed key performance indicators. RESULTS: The NP model contributed to earlier discharges from hospital and fewer hospital admissions for those being cared for at home. There are developing opportunities to strengthen professional relationships through clinical and educational collaboration. CONCLUSION: The model has benefited both patient care and clinical cooperation between services.

History

Journal

International journal of palliative nursing

Volume

22

Pagination

581-585

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1357-6321

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Mark Allen Publishing

Issue

12

Publisher

Mark Allen Publishing