Orthopaedic Nursing

Skip Navigation LinksHome > March/April 2009 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 > Building a Bone & Joint Program: Nursing Leads the Way in De...
Orthopaedic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NOR.0b013e31819856bc

Building a Bone & Joint Program: Nursing Leads the Way in Developing a Cost‐Effective, Quality‐Driven Program in a Community Hospital Setting

Cronin-Waelde, Deborah L.

Continued Education
Collapse Box


The face of joint replacement surgery is changing quickly. An aging, more active population, combined with technological advances in orthopaedic devices and care, has resulted in a growing number of physicians recommending joint replacement surgery as a proactive intervention and not one of last resort for those with debilitating joint disease. Given the current trend and the anticipated increase in surgical volume associated with it, the need for an evidence-based, comprehensive, and well-coordinated Bone & Joint Program to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care was clear. This is an article about how Hallmark Health System, 370-bed, community-based hospital system, north of Boston, MA, utilized the expertise of a skilled nurse to lead the way. Now, just over a year old and using an interdisciplinary team approach, the Bone & Joint Program at Hallmark Health is already returning dividends in patient satisfaction and in the hospital's bottom line.

© 2009 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses


Article Tools

CE Test


Article Level Metrics