Of all the recent changes in health care, none more dramatically affected both patients and care providers than managed care. Not only has it altered the way we pay for health care, but also it has compelled a change in the way we approach health care, focusing increasingly on preventive care to reduce costs. In this book, the author and her colleagues examine the impact of managed care on nursing as a profession and nurses as individual caregivers. Managed Care: Practice Strategies for Nursing will serve as an excellent course text on nursing and managed care, as well as a useful introduction and shelf reference for professional nurses at all levels of practice.
Nursing Strategies in Acute-Care Hospitals
Desired outcomes of a managed care organization include the provision of health care that is both cost-effective and meets quality standards. Nurses are integral to achieving both of these goals. In this section of the book, strategies that nurses use in acute-care hospital settings will be explored.
Because nurses make up a large portion of the labor budget of any health care organization, both the role of the nurse and the number of nurses required to provide patient care have been areas for reevaluation. A variety of levels of health care workers have been introduced into the nursing staff, thus changing the skill mix. Issues related to this practice will be examined and strategies to improve health ...