With the aging population, the prevalence of chronic disease is increasing, requiring a team-based approach to care with registered nurses (RNs) playing a vital role.
Nursing education generally prioritizes acute care rather than ambulatory care; however, nursing students
should also be prepared to adequately respond to the population needs for longitudinal chronic care management
To address the need for RNs to assume a role in chronic care management
, a School of Nursing and Health Professions piloted a clinical option in which second-degree master of science in nursing students
are prepared to function as health coaches on primary care teams at a local community health center.
Reshifting the focus of nursing education to integrate primary care nursing
, it is important to embed nursing students
into primary care practices where they can learn about the longitudinal care of patients with chronic conditions.