Professional Practice Roles
The Burn and Wound Resource Nurse partners with nationally known burn experts in leading this cutting-edge burn and soft tissue service. The Burn Program is in an exciting state of growth and preparing for Burn Center Verification. Aspects of the role include:
- Provide clinical expertise in burn and wound nursing care practice through direct and indirect care
- Provide leadership in the care of patients with burn injuries and/or complex wounds
- Help to facilitate/plan interdisciplinary burn team meetings, foster team dynamics and act as a resource for burn team members
- Plan and provide education in the area of burns and wounds to interdisciplinary providers and consumers
- Provide expert consultation to health care providers and others to influence positive patient and family outcomes
- Ensure use of best practice and evidence-based care
- Follow patients through all phases of recovery including critical/acute care, out-patient care and reconstructive phases to help them achieve the best possible outcomes
Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) are Master’s prepared, advanced generalist nurses with a specialty certification. They work with patients across the continuum of care within any health care setting to better clinical outcomes. The CNL role was incorporated into our nursing professional practice model in 2006. MMC was instrumental at the national and local level with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to champion and implement this new program and nursing role through partnerships between academic and practice leaders in nursing.
Since welcoming the first local cohort of CNLs into practice at MMC in 2007, CNLs have demonstrated themselves as leaders within today’s complex health care environment. CNLs serve as an expert resource to the interprofessional teams at the microsystem level with focus on:
- Evidence-based practice
- Care coordination
- Transitions of care
- Interprofessional communication
- Team leadership
- Risk assessment
- Quality improvement
- Outcomes measurement.
CNLs are well positioned at the point of care to facilitate or lead complex change in alignment with a value-based focus that elevates the safety and quality of care for our patients, while reducing health care costs.