Nurse clinics are not a new concept, and operate in many settings from acute care to primary health care, both nationally and internationally. And while the format of these clinics may vary, their positive benefits and impacts are recognised with studies indicating nurse clinics result in improved health outcomes, reduced waiting times for care and decreased rates of hospital admission. Primary Times Summer 2017, Volume 17 Issue 4.
The Career and Education Framework and Toolkit supports education and career progression and improves employment opportunities, recruitment and retention for nurses in primary health care.
All you need to start your own nurse-led clinic can be found here. Learn about the building blocks, read real-life case studies and access excellent resources.
It’s recognised that the longer a nurse stays with an organisation the more productive they become. Early results of the Transition to Practice Pilot Program Tranche 1 have indicated it has had a positive influence on nurses’ intentions to remain in the nursing workforce.
The systems and processes building block describes the fundamental requirements to maximise your clinic’s outcomes focusing on: technical systems, processes to manage patient appointments and reminders and data-management and privacy obligations.
Patient engagement on your nurse clinic is about designing effective patient pathways and flow. This includes defining patient criteria, referrals, assessment, care plan and coordination, information provision and more...
The building blocks are here to help ensure that you’ve considered the most important aspects of creating a nurse clinic. Each building block contains the core components you need to establish a nurse clinic.
Do you want to develop models of care that are relevant to your local health needs? Grant funding and APNA support will be provided to successful applicants of BNC. Applications are now open.
Having a strong and effective team ready to take on the challenges of implementing a new model of nurse-led care is an essential part of a nurse clinic. While supporting and sustaining the team can be challenging there are a few things that can help to minimise potential issues.