Research shows older adults who feel lonely are at greater risk of memory loss, strokes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The health threat is similar to that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to AARP.
Just as primary care provider shortages are becoming acute, retail-based clinics in pharmacies and grocery stores are set to fill the gap in accessible patient care. Yet in some states, access to this convenient care is constrained due to restrictive scope-of-practice laws.
Nurses have the capacity to improve patient care quality, cost, and safety. The generalist training of the Clinical Nurse Leadersm (CNL) positions the nurse well for clinical leadership at the microsystem and mesosystem levels.
Components of nursing home (NH) culture change include resident centeredness, empowerment, and home likeness, but practices reflective of these components may be found in both traditional and culture change NHs.