A nurse project consultant role empowered 3 critical care nurses to expand their scope of practice beyond the bedside and engage within complex health care delivery systems to reduce harms in the intensive care unit. As members of an interdisciplinary team, the nurse project consultants contributed their clinical expertise and systems knowledge to develop innovations that optimize care provided in the intensive care unit. This article discusses the formal development of and institutional support for the nurse project consultant role. The nurse project consultants’ responsibilities within a group of quality improvement initiatives are described and their challenges and lessons learned discussed. The nurse project consultant role is a new model of engaging critical care nurses as leaders in health care redesign.
Nurse Project Consultant: Critical Care Nurses Move Beyond the Bedside to Affect Quality and Safety
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Lynn G. Mackinson, Juliann Corey, Veronica Kelly, Kristin P. O’Reilly, Jennifer P. Stevens, Susan Desanto-Madeya, Donna Williams, Sharon C. O’Donoghue, Jane Foley; Nurse Project Consultant: Critical Care Nurses Move Beyond the Bedside to Affect Quality and Safety. Crit Care Nurse 1 June 2018; 38 (3): 54–66. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2018838
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