Pediatric Cardiac Nurse Practitioner Model and Orientation

In an effort to provide more effective, efficient and higher quality patient care, children’s hospitals across the U.S. are turning toward a collaborative practice model.  During the 2014 NAPNAP Conference, featured speaker, Lindy Moake, RN, MSN, PCCNP, from Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, shared the benefits they have experienced from a collaborative practice model in the Heart Center at CMCD.

Lindy Moake is the Heart Center APS Manager at CMCD and has been a driving force in the collaborative practice model transition.  Working very closely with the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chief of Cardiology, and Medical Director of the CVICU, Lindy and the leadership team at CMCD developed a sustainable collaborative practice model that starts with a standardized 6 month orientation process for Advanced Practice Providers.  An orientation manual outlines weekly guidelines and recommendations for patient assignments and readings, and each newly hired Advanced Practice Provider is matched with two primary preceptors.

View the presentation given by: Lindy Moake, RN, MSN, PCCNP

Examples of measurable outcomes achieved by using Advanced Practice Providers include:

  • Decrease in major complications (i.e., ECMO)
  • Decrease in inpatient CPR events 
  • Hospital LOS has decreased dramatically
    • 2013 LOS for infants with SV physiology decreased from 63.1 days to 45.4 days a difference of 17.7 days 
    • Interstage mortality in this same patient population has decreased from 17% (2009) to < 2% 
  • Dramatic increase in family satisfaction scores. 

Learn more about the APP Orientation Process in the Heart Center at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Join the Advanced Practice Provider team in the 
Heart Center at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.  

To inquire about these jobs visit Melnic Consulting Group or contact: Jill Gilliland 800-886-7906 jill@melnic.com

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