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Published in Nursing Economic$, November-December 2011, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp.331-334.


Executive Summary:

  • While the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a historical event marking the beginning of health care reform in the United States, it signaled the start of a golden age for ambulatory care nursing.
  • Ambulatory care RNs are well-positioned to fully participate in health care reform initiatives.
  • RNs are well-positioned to lead, facilitate, and/or participate in all patient care medical homes' and accountable care organizations'quality and safety initiatives through enhanced use of major ambulatory care RN role dimensions such as advocacy, telehealth, patient education, care coordination and transitional care, and community outreach.
  • RNs are also well-positioned to provide patient-centered care, coordinate care, and manage transitions across ambulatory care settings.
  • For the golden age of ambulatory care nursing to become a reality, initiatives surround competencies, education modules, and leadership must be addressed immediately.

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