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House Calls

Brainstorming and Troubleshooting House Call Challenges

By Rachel Zimmer

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
– Leo F. Buscaglia

The House Calls Special Interest Group (SIG) has a busy year planned for 2020! In 2019, the SIG produced a 10-minute introduction video and wants to build on this by putting together a House Calls Toolkit to further contribute to house call education.

The overarching goals for the House Call SIG in 2020 include developing a group presentation for the upcoming GAPNA Annual Conference, developing a House Calls Toolkit in collaboration with the GAPNA Education Committee, and start group think sessions to help NPs troubleshoot and brainstorm around challenging situations they face in their own practice (see below for the guide).

House Calls Brainstorming and Troubleshooting Guide
Please use this guide to help you put your thoughts on paper. We will use this during the call to help you work through your house call challenge and group think. Feel free to contact Rachel Zimmer at R.Zimmer@wakehealth.edu with any responses.

Brief Description of House Call Practice

Brief Overview of the Problem/Challenge
Strategies Already Tried
Specific Questions for the Group

Brainstorming Ideas/Resources
As a growing group, the House Calls SIG is proud to continue with leadership succession but is grateful to those who paved the way. The SIG acknowledges past chairs Deborah Wolff-Baker, Phyllis Atkinson, Helen Horvath, and Ron Ordona for their early contributions to the development and growth of the House Calls SIG.

Rachel Zimmer, AGPCNP-C, DNP
Chair, House Calls

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