AAACN Sets the Standards for Ambulatory Care Nursing
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, the specialty nursing, organization for nurses practicing in ambulatory care settings, is responsible for establishing and maintaining the standards for ambulatory care nursing practice.
Ambulatory is defined as outpatient care in which individuals stay less than 24 hours in the health care environment and are usually discharged to their normal, residential situation following the care episode.
Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing, 2010 – 8th Edition
The standards promote effective clinical and administrative management of increasingly complex ambulatory care nursing roles and responsibilities in a changing health care environment. The standards include an updated version of the conceptual framework for ambulatory care nursing that includes three concepts: patient, nurse, and environment. This framework offers a structure for cataloguing and unifying the distinct nurse-patient interactions and organizational activities that occur in diverse outpatient environments. This resource may be used as a tool to advance ambulatory care professional nursing practice, patient health, and the performance outcomes of outpatient health care institutions.
Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Telehealth Nursing, 2011 – 5th Edition
The standards provide additional guidance specific to the ambulatory subspecialty of Telehealth. Telehealth is defined as the delivery, management, and coordination of care and services provided via telecommunications technology within the domain of nursing (Espensen, 2009, p. 5). The standards promote effective clinical and administrative management of the increasingly complex telehealth nursing roles and responsibilities in a changing health care environment. This publication reflects the professional nurse’s telehealth practice standards which reflect the American Nurses Association template for professional standards. Measurement criteria have been replaced by competencies, otherwise the ambulatory standards were mirrored with the telehealth implications imbedded.
Scope and Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses in Care Coordination and Transition Management
The standards are a giant step forward in that they include the first statement of the scope and standards of practice for professional nurses in a relatively new role, care coordination and/or transition management (CCTM). While the activities of these roles in current times have been evolving over the past twenty five years, there has never been formal identification, specification and/or publication of the scope and standards of practice. This resource may be used as a tool to advance professional care coordination and/or transition management nursing practice, patient and population health, and the performance outcomes of health care institutions.
The publication includes the definition of CCTM, defining characteristics for RNs practicing in the CCTM role, and an initial conceptual framework that was adapted from models cited in the Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum. The framework offers a structure for cataloguing and unifying the distinct relationships and interactions among the professional nurse, the patient, group and/or population, the inter-professional health care team, and the resources across the health care continuum.