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Improving Outcomes Through the Proper Implementation of Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Liego, Megan DNP(c), ACNP-C; Loomis, Jo DNP, FNP-C; Leuven, Karen Van PhD, FNP; Dragoo, Susan DNP, WHNP

Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2014 - Volume 44 - Issue 1 - p 47–50
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000020

The Value-Based Purchasing Program is forcing hospitals to improve outcomes and decrease costs. This has led to recognition of new care models to improve outcomes and reimbursement. One model is the application of an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) into the hospital setting. Model success is dependent on proper implementation to create a synergistic relationship with the organization, ACNP, and patient to improve the quality of care and decrease costs for the hospital.

Author Affiliations: Doctor of Nursing Practice Student (Ms Liego), Assistant Professor (Dr Loomis), and Associate Professor (Dr Van Leuven), School of Nursing and Health Professionals, University of San Francisco, California; and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Ms Liego), Heart and Vascular Center, and Advance Practice Nurse (Dr Dragoo), Women’s Services, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, California.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Liego, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (;

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