Obese patients have complex needs that complicate their care during hospitalization. These patients often have comorbid conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, pressure ulcers, and difficulty with mobility. Obese patients may be well served in the progressive care setting because they may require more intensive nursing care than can be delivered in a general care unit. Progressive care nurses have core competencies that enable them to safely and effectively care for obese patients. A plan of care with interdisciplinary collaboration illustrates the integrative care for obese progressive care patients. ( Critical Care Nurse . 2016; 36:58–63)
With changing health care, progressive care nurses are working in diverse practice settings to meet patient care needs. Progressive care is practiced along the continuum from the intensive care unit to home. The benefits of early progressive mobility are examined with a focus on the interdisciplinary collaboration for care in a transitional care program of a skilled nursing facility. The program’s goals are improved functional status, self-care management, and home discharge with reduced risk for hospital readmission. The core culture of the program is interdisciplinary collaboration and team partnership for care of patients and their families.