Developing a standardized program, such as the AAACN
Ambulatory Care Registered Nurse Residency Program (AAACN
, 2017), ensures use of evidence-based practice materials and avoiding wide variance among curriculums, thus providing a comprehensive approach that allows program effectiveness to be evaluated.
Chalupka, EdD, APRN, BC, CNS, FAAOHN; AAACN
ViewPoint; November/December 2006; www.
LAUREL MORE, MS, RN-BC, CPN, is Clinical Education Specialist, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO; and AAACN
Ambulatory Residency Task Force Member.
Laura McKenna used the AAACN
CCTM Core Curriculum as well as the AAACN
Scope and Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses in Care Coordination and Transition Management (2016) to develop policies, procedures, and job descriptions for the Transition of Care program she manages at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
Savage, LCDR, NC, USN, and Tammy Koch, LT, MSC, USN; AAACN
ViewPoint; November/December 2006 (www.
(2012) article on the role of the ambulatory care nurse and the AAACN
(2014) White Paper on the need for ambulatory residencies brought light to the opportunities and challenges of ambulatory care RNs and provided affirmation for the need to develop a residency program.
Many of the members of the AAACN
NSI task force joined because they were piloting various nurse-sensitive processes in their home organizations (Start et al.
To promote the role of the RN in ambulatory care, AAACN
has developed collaborative partnerships with many healthcare organizations.
This work is ongoing, and we look forward to the report of findings from AAACN
This column is part of a series which addresses ambulatory care NSI and proposes patient engagement as one of those measures initially identified in the AAACN
Industry Report (Start, Matlock, & Mastal, 2016).
Nurse-Sensitive Indicator (NSI) Task Force (TF) believes the empowerment of nurses in the ambulatory care environment is necessary to meet the coordination of complex care to the growing patient population.
As identified in the initial article in this series (Mastal, Matlock, & Start, 2016), and in the AAACN
Industry Report (AAACN
, 2016), nurse-sensitive quality measurement in ambulatory care systems is less developed than in acute care settings.