This course teaches practicing nurses to effectively coordinate patient care transitions between care providers and settings as condition and care needs change. Online and observational experiences bridge the gap between providing nursing care in single settings to coordinating care across settings. Topics include health care reform; nursing role evolution and transformation; risk identification; care coordination; data measurement; and quality improvement. The student examines care transition models including evidence-based methods and tools used by hospitals and community agencies to facilitate effective care transitions. Emphasis is on patient-centric care provided through effective communication and care coordination among healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients.
6 hours of online lecture per week for 7 weeks