According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “strengthening nursing leadership at the point at which care is delivered” reduces readmissions, improves patient satisfaction and safety, drives compliance with core measures and saves money. Texas Health’s team of clinical nurse leaders (CNLs) manages the clinical care given to groups of 12 to 16 patients.
With master’s degrees in nursing, CNLs work with unit managers, physicians, care transition team members and bedside nurses at all wholly owned hospitals to improve care delivery. They do this by providing continuity of care, rounding with physicians at the patient’s bedside and analyzing clinical data to provide optimum acute care coordination. Additionally, they mentor, bring evidence-based practices to the bedside, assist patients with health-decision planning and collaborate with the care transition team to provide patient support upon discharge. This helps to align the entire care team on care plans, a safe discharge and follow-up requirements.