CALNOC and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Announce Partnership to Develop New Ambulatory Nurse Sensitive Indicators

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New measure sets will empower ambulatory care nurses to use evidence-based information for improvement.

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“This new collaboration with CALNOC will provide new ways to measure and improve performance in ambulatory care,” said Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of AAACN.

The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC), the nation’s first nursing quality indicators database, today announced an important collaboration with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN). The collaboration will expand CALNOC’s national database of nursing quality indicators beyond acute care hospitals into the ambulatory care setting for the benefit of patient safety and quality.

An estimated 1 billion ambulatory visits occur in the U.S. each year, with most care today provided outside of hospitals. However, much of the work done to date in patient safety addresses hospital care. The Free from Harm report recently released from the National Patient Safety Foundation advocates for more work to be done to prevent harm beyond the hospital setting. The collaboration between CALNOC and AAACN addresses this need and will help ambulatory care nurses to use evidence-based information across outpatient health care settings to increase patient safety and quality of care.

“It is now more important than ever to pursue this work and further validate the critical role and need for registered nurses in ambulatory care settings,” said Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of AAACN. “This new collaboration with CALNOC will provide new ways to measure and improve performance in ambulatory care.”

Tony Sung, Chief Executive Officer of CALNOC, said, “This collaboration is an exciting and important step toward the goal of keeping all patients safe and improving healthcare quality. CALNOC has expertise in measures development, and AAACN is known for its strength in ambulatory care, together we can make significant progress toward safer healthcare.”

The two organizations are expected to first begin measure development with a pilot testing phase. Look for the new measure set to be ready for wide use in the first half of 2016.

About AAACN
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is the specialty nursing organization for registered nurses practicing in ambulatory care or outpatient settings. Founded in 1978, AAACN provides opportunities for over 3,000 members to advance their practice and leadership skills, provide connections with others in similar roles, and advocate for the ambulatory care nursing specialty. In fulfilling its mission to advance the art and science of the specialty, AAACN expands the influence of ambulatory care nurses as leaders of coordinated, cost-effective and quality patient care in the ambulatory setting. For additional information, visit http://www.aaacn.org.

About CALNOC
The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC), is the leading provider of Business Intelligence, and research on nurse sensitive quality indicators. CALNOC serves as the nation’s only nurse sensitive registry managed, operated and designed by nursing. Always on the forefront of patient care excellence, CALNOC created the first database registry of nurse sensitive indicators which turns patient outcome data into powerful information for hospital executives to guide decisions to advance global patient care. Hundreds of hospitals have joined CALNOC to monitor and benchmark performance in order to deliver excellence in patient care. CALNOC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public benefit corporation with headquarters in San Ramon, California. For more information call 888-586-1994 or visit http://www.calnoc.org

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