The Future of Health Care
Have you seen a nurse practitioner (NP) recently for your healthcare needs?
If not, there is a good chance you will in the near future.
NPs are advanced-practice nurses trained at the master’s or doctoral
degree level, capable of providing high-quality primary, acute, and specialty
healthcare services. As a result, the NP role is expanding rapidly in
all areas of medicine across the nation and right here at Kaweah Delta
as well. When the NP program began at Kaweah Delta in 2011, only two NPs
called the medical center home. Today, that number is up to 25.
“We are here to help guide patients through their medical experiences
and support physicians by assisting in the management of day-to-day care,”
shared NP Manager Mary Staton. “Because we have such great patient
outcomes, the field of advanced-practice nursing is exploding.”
In addition to applying their nursing expertise to clinical and management
roles, NPs are streamlining medical procedures, easing the transition
from in- to outpatient care, and developing innovative programs that improve
the health of our communities. They also bring a unique perspective to
patient care by focusing on the overall well-being of the whole person,
emphasizing both care and cure. At Kaweah Delta, you’ll find NPs
practicing in cardiology, chronic disease management, pediatrics, neurosciences,
palliative care, case management, emergency medicine, and orthopedics.
NP Carolyn Berglund is passionate about the impact she and her peers make
on cardiac care. “Our goal is to partner with physicians to promote
and educate patients on the importance of things like self-care and medication
management after a heart procedure,” she said. This focus on patient
outcomes has been proven to reduce the length of hospital stays and reduce
readmission rates – that's great news for patients transitioning
from hospital to home after being treated for a serious heart issue.
The medical center’s recent affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic
Heart and Vascular Institute is helping drive cardiac care at Kaweah Delta
into the future and Melisa Arreguin, a NP practicing at the Chronic Disease
Management Center (CDMC), is looking forward to the advancements in care
to come. In 2018, Melisa and the NPs at the CDMC worked with Cardiologist
and Kaweah Delta Chief of Staff Dr. Harry Lively to create the “Empowered
Hearts” heart failure program, which educates patients on their
chronic medical conditions and optimizes their medical management to reduce
hospitalizations. “We aim to expand the program based on Cleveland
Clinic’s existing patient education resources,” she said.
“NPs at Kaweah Delta strive to promote evidence-based practice and
aim to work with multidisciplinary teams. We understand comprehensive
care and improved outcomes happen when we integrate best research and
Carolyn agrees. “The new affiliation with Cleveland Clinic provides
a great opportunity for the NP service line to grow and get better,”
she expressed. “Our protocols will be in line with the organization
that sets the best heart care standards in the country.”
As hospitals throughout the country evaluate healthcare delivery and look
for ways to maximize available resources, the role of NPs in all specialties
of medicine will evolve and contribute to increased quality of care. Compassion,
education, listening, motivating, and empowering patients are taught to
all NPs as part of the nursing foundation, and Kaweah Delta is tapping
into that expertise to advance patient care into the future.
LEARN MORE ABOUT KAWEAH DELTA'S AFFILIATION WITH CLEVELAND CLINIC
The affiliation between Kaweah Delta and the Cleveland Clinic Heart &
Vascular Institute means our patients have access to the broadest possible
range of heart care solutions. Learn more by visiting kaweahdelta.org/clevelandclinic.