Unpartnered elders recovering from a myocardial infarction find themselves with limited support to contend with their physical and emotional recovery. The advanced practice nurse (APN) can play an instrumental role in improving the health outcomes of these elders.
Detailed description of the activities of the APN that affect patient outcomes in current randomized clinical trials have been inadequate in published reports. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to describe the activities of an APN in a nurse-coached intervention study for unpartnered elders post-myocardial infarction.
Thematic analysis from the subject logs and narratives from the APN identified the four themes of patient education, validation/feedback, encouragement/support, and problem solving as the unique activities of the APN. These activities enhanced the recovery of these vulnerable unpartnered elders after a myocardial infarction.