The mission of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is to advance nurse-led health care through policy, consultation, and programs to reduce health disparities and meet people’s primary care and wellness needs. Nurse-led care exists at the intersection of multidisciplinary healthcare, where nurses have a transformative role as holistic caregivers, advocates, and leaders. Nurses have unique skills and insight to treat the whole person, serving as a critical connection between compassionate and evidence-based healthcare. Nurse-led care is defined by nurses working to the full scope of their licensure as part of a team, embracing principles of nursing, to engage patients, families and communities to deliver evidence-based, whole-person care.
Nurse-led principles of care can be used to deliver improved outcomes for patients, staff, and the larger healthcare community. This includes:
In 2015, NNCC and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) partnered to create the Nurse Practitioner Support & Alignment Network (NP SAN) as part of a CMS-funded, four-year, national practice transformation initiative. As clinical practices move from fee-for-service to new, value-based payment methodologies NPs will need the skills and tools to provide patient-centered, high-quality, sustainable services. The NP SAN developed a series of workshops focused on critical principles of nurse-led care key to practice transformation. These included the optimization of interdisciplinary care teams, and the use of care teams for care coordination. NNCC conducted 18 in-person training workshops for 962 participants from 216 practices across 13 states. NP SAN training partners realized impressive improvements in patient health and cost savings as a result of their work with NNCC and the TCPI. These included: