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Clinical Nurse Specialist as Facilitator of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Program for Adult Sickle Cell Population

LARSEN, LAURA STOBER DNS, RNC; NEVERETT, SUSAN G. MSN, RN, CS; LARSEN, RICHARD F. MD, FCCP

Nursing Practice: Continuing Education
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This article describes the evolution, implementation, and outcomes of a collaborative interdisciplinary inpatient program designed to improve the quality of healthcare provided to adult patients with sickle cell disease. Efforts by the clinical nurse specialist were directly responsible for improved patient education, more efficacious treatment of painful crises, and increased specialty consultation. Staff and patient satisfaction with the program have been very encouraging, and a city-wide initiative that embraces a comprehensive approach to the global care of this special needs population has been designed and is currently being implemented.

LAURA STOBER LARSEN is a clinical nurse specialist and adjunct faculty for graduate and baccalaureate programs at Southeastern Louisiana University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

SUSAN G. NEVERETT is a clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and School of Nursing, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

RICHARD F. LARSEN is a clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a staff physician, Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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