Care managers working with low-income patients with severe mental illness in a community mental health clinic enhanced access to recommended preventive, primary, and specialty medical services, leading to the diagnosis of previously undetected conditions and improved physical and mental health.
A nurse-led, telephone-based collaborative care program improves mental and physical health in patients who suffer depression after cardiac bypass surgery and reduces hospital readmissions among men.
A nurse-led program that combines home visits and group counseling reduced risky behaviors and sexually transmitted infections while also improving levels of connectedness to family and school and grades among sexually assaulted or exploited runaway girls.
A 1-year collaborative program; in which 21 Pennsylvania hospitals set target goals for urinary tract infection prevention, developed strategies to meet these goals, and shared best practices, tools, and resources; led to a 32-percent decline in hospital-acquired urinary tract infections.
A trained nurse educated other nurses, physicians, and administrators on evidence-based heart failure treatment and provided disease management education and followup support to high-risk patients, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.
An intensive, nurse-led care management program provided during and after hospitalization reduced readmissions, inpatient days, and care costs for high-risk seniors.
A comprehensive program to improve patient experience before, during, and after orthopedic surgery leads to improved satisfaction, higher patient volume, and better patient outcomes.
A partnership between local jails and community health providers facilitates the provision of appropriate health care to inmates and ensures continued, coordinated care upon their release, leading to reductions in jail violence and deaths and enhanced access to care.
Seton Northwest Hospital continuously designs and tests nurse-led quality improvement projects at the patient's bedside, allowing nurses to be more efficient and spend more time with patients, reducing falls and nurse turnover, accelerating patient discharge, and yielding positive feedback from staff and patients.
Primary care clinic nurses routinely assess the risk of falls in each patient, with real-time, easy-to-use clinical reminders sent to physicians for those at risk, thus allowing the initiation of risk-reduction interventions during the visit.