Access, Cost, and Quality for APNs
Discuss the access, cost, and quality of quality environments, as well as recent quality initiatives (See Chapter 24 and Table 24.1). The student is to reflect on the relationship between quality measures and evaluation and role development. In addition, describe this relationship and note how the role of the APN might change without effective quality measures.
Length: 5 pages, double-spaced, excluding title and reference pages (required)
Format: APA 7th Edition
Required course material
Chapter 24 of Joel, L.A., (2018). Advanced practice nursing. Essentials for role development (4th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis. [ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-6044-1]
FIND THE BOOK ATTACHED TO (See Chapter 24 and Table 24.1).
Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) play a crucial role in providing high-quality healthcare services to patients. The access, cost, and quality of care are critical factors that affect the quality of care and the development of the APN role.
Access to care refers to the ease with which patients can access the care they need. The APN can play an important role in increasing access to care by providing primary care services in underserved areas, working in collaboration with other healthcare providers, and utilizing telehealth services. However, barriers to access still exist, such as lack of insurance coverage and inadequate transportation.
The cost of healthcare is a major concern for patients and healthcare providers alike. The role of the APN in reducing the cost of healthcare is by providing cost-effective and efficient care, using evidence-based practices, and reducing the need for hospitalization and other costly interventions. APNs can also help control healthcare costs by reducing the use of unnecessary tests and procedures.
Quality of care refers to the extent to which healthcare services meet the needs of patients and improve their health outcomes. The APN plays a key role in ensuring high-quality care by utilizing evidence-based practices, engaging in continuous quality improvement initiatives, and providing patient-centered care.
The relationship between quality measures and evaluation and role development is critical. Quality measures provide a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of APN services and can inform the development of their role. Without effective quality measures, the role of the APN may not be fully realized or optimized. For example, the APN may not be able to demonstrate the value of their services to healthcare organizations and stakeholders, leading to limited opportunities for professional growth and development.
The access, cost, and quality of care are important factors that impact the role of the APN. By providing cost-effective and high-quality care, utilizing evidence-based practices, and participating in continuous quality improvement initiatives, the APN can enhance their role and improve the quality of care for patients. Effective quality measures and evaluation are crucial for the development of the APN role, and without them, the APN may not be able to fully realize their potential.