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Industry Deals Drive Patient Care Access, Provider Training

Healthcare professional organizations are teaming up to create better clinical education and advocacy to improve patient access to healthcare.


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By Sara Heath

- Healthcare professional societies and other stakeholders are partnering to increase clinical education and input to drive more patient healthcare access.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recently announced its partnership with the G4 Alliance, stating that it has become a member organization. Through this membership, the AANA will promote better access to safe, essential, surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia care.

The AANA, alongside other G4 Alliance member organizations, will advocate for stronger anesthesia training and education in healthcare professionals, both in the US and around the globe. The organizations will also collaborate on resources for healthcare organizations based upon local patient needs.

Ensuring patient access to safe care is a part of human rights activism, according to AANA leaders.

“All patients have a basic right to receive quality healthcare,” said AANA CEO Wanda Wilson, PhD, CRNA. “We are proud to partner with the G4 Alliance to advocate for patients’ access to care both here at home and around the world.”

Richard Henker, PhD, FAAN, will represent the AANA at the G4 Alliance. Henker is a certified nurse anesthetist, and serves on many national and international boards for improving access to quality and safe healthcare.

Currently, his clinical work takes him around the globe. He practices as a nurse anesthetist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center UPMC-Presbyterian, Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Laos, and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Bhutan.

Other healthcare groups are partnering for better clinician education, ideally training more certified clinicians to meet patient care needs.

Earlier this week, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) announced a partnership to better train and inform school nurses in mental healthcare.

Nurses in the NASN will now have access to the Transitions in Practice Certificate Program, which the APNA established to better educate clinicians in how to seamlessly deliver primary care as well as mental healthcare.

This course was a critical step in ensuring patients have access to mental healthcare. For many patients, when clinicians cannot deliver both types of treatment in tandem, they may go without mental healthcare.

Through this training, NASN nurses will be able to deliver mental healthcare to school children. One in five pediatric patients have dealt with a mental health issue that was debilitating, according to NASN. This highlights the need for better mental healthcare in the school environment.

“With this new partnership, our two organizations further the dissemination of important evidence-based practices across nursing specialties," said APNA President Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN. “As nurses we well know that care is not provided in silos, and so we must work together to ensure that all populations receive the best possible holistic nursing care.”

Increasing patient healthcare access is imperative as of late. Recent research shows that the healthcare industry is experiencing a considerable provider shortage. This shortage is not only increasing patient wait times, but reducing overall treatment availability.

Industry experts say that expanding the clinician workforce is the most promising solution to the provider shortage problem. Healthcare organizations should expand practice capabilities to non-physician clinicians, such as physicians assistants and nurse practitioners, to meet the growing demand of healthcare.


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