Nursing News: Advanced Practice Nurses Reduce Hospitalization of Nursing Home Residents

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 18th, 2012

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing received a nearly $15 million grant for a nursing home project – great nursing news!

The project aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations for nursing home residents, improve patient care and lower health care costs. The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will help provide funding to put advanced practice registered nurses in 16 nursing facilities in the St. Louis area and will be distributed over 4 years.

Advanced practice nurses have the right education and skills to recognize changes in conditions of nursing home residents very quickly and can intervene before the condition gets too serious.

Pneumonia and other acute infections are some examples of illnesses they can detect early. When discovered early these conditions can be treated in the nursing home instead of patients being sent to the hospital, which is often difficult both physically and mentally for older patients.

Much research backs the effectiveness of advanced practice registered nurses in nursing homes, specifically in reducing the hospital transitions for residents.

Fewer hospital visits also mean cost savings. Avoidable hospitalizations amounted to more than $7 billion in 2011, according to a news release about the grant. It is hoped this model will spread across the country.

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One response to “Nursing News: Advanced Practice Nurses Reduce Hospitalization of Nursing Home Residents”

  1. Lisa says:

    That is wonderful if they can keep them at home vs the nursing home or hospital where they can pick up other infections. That is an awful lot of money in savings too.

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