Many different models of delivering nursing care have been proposed, each with specific advantages and disadvantages. One such model, the nurse clinician model, uses the strengths of advanced clinical practice as the cornerstone for improving quality in patient care. The increase in quality simultaneously produces an efficient and cost-effective system, as indicated by the results of a multiyear study at our institution. While other effective models exist, those that emphasize advanced clinical practice, such as the nurse clinician model, are most likely to achieve improved patient outcomes and conserve resource expenditures
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