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.
The Standards promotes effective clinical and administrative management of increasingly complex ambulatory care RN roles and responsibilities in a changing health care environment. The 9th Edition contains significant revisions from previous versions, including an updated Scope of Practice statement, as well as updates for the 16 standards of professional ambulatory care nursing practice.
The scope of practice statement addresses the definition and unique characteristics of ambulatory care nursing, the conceptual framework, its history over the past 30 years, the diverse types of ambulatory care settings, the roles of ambulatory care RNs, the trends and issues in ambulatory care and future directions. The standards specify the competencies needed for professional clinical and administrative practice. View in Online Store.
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 Measurement criteria have been replaced by competencies, otherwise the ambulatory standards were mirrored with the telehealth implications imbedded. Purchase in Online Store.
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. Purchase in Online Store.