Nurse Managed Health Clinics (NMHCs)

In a clinical setting, interdisciplinary collaboration enables healthcare experts to improve the quality of data management, identification and prevention of health issues, and, therefore, health outcomes in patients. I agree that the use of interdisciplinary collaboration leads to a noticeable and quite significant drop in the number of medical errors since information is shared, and the process of health services delivery is monitored by a greater number of healthcare experts. However, as much benefit that interdisciplinary collaboration provides, it still may cause certain problems unless possible sources of concern are addressed beforehand. Namely, the problem of conflicts and disagreements in the interdisciplinary settings needs to be addressed (Cullati et al., 2019). Team conflicts may impede patient-centered care, which is why priorities must be set on healthcare service delivery and the identification of the best options as opposed to hierarchy issues.

When considering the tools for addressing confrontations occurring in the interdisciplinary care setting, one should consider promoting shared values as the foundation for the decision-making model that nurses apply in the healthcare setting. Additionally, the focus on ethical obligations and the importance of following the essential moral principles of nursing, namely, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice must be in place (Schot et al., 2020). Specifically, by following the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence, nurses will be able to focus on patient-oriented care instead of the differences in their opinions. Additionally, the inclusion of justice into the healthcare setting will gear the discussion toward the understanding of the key stakes, specifically, the fact that the decision-making will affect the patient’s health and, possibly, life. Thus, nurses will be able to reconcile their differences peacefully and deliver proper care.

Nurse managed health clinics (NMHCs) can be seen as a sensible response toward the needs of vulnerable and underserviced communities that need basic healthcare and nursing services. The focus on health education and the delivery of services to remote areas are of particular value to target audiences. When considering the major benefits of NMHCs, one should mention the fact that they address health issues on a community level, which allows solving specific public health issues and catering to the needs of a specific vulnerable group. Moreover, the focus on a single community makes managing key health concerns and encompassing the needs of the specified population easier due to the relatively small scope (Kariotis & Harris, 2019).

When considering the opportunities for the further development of NMHCs, embracing elderly care and the focus on the need of the aging population should be seen as crucial (Kariotis & Harris, 2019). Indeed, given the reduced capacity of the specified audience to access healthcare services, their situation within underserviced communities appears to be even more drastic (Dols et al., 2018). Thus, it is vital to extend help to aging people in underserviced areas with the help of the NMHC model. Furthermore, the model itself will need to be expanded to include innovative tools for improving the delivery of healthcare support. Namely, opportunities for testing for specific diseases and disorders, and well as free vaccination services and similar options will have to be added to the current range of services that the NMHC model provides. Finally, patient education must be considered one of the key priorities so that people at risk could identify threats to their health, contact healthcare services, and receive appropriate help. Once the specified innovations are introduced, patients from underserviced areas will receive a chance for effective health management.

References

Cullati, S., Bochatay, N., Maître, F., Laroche, T., Muller-Juge, V., Blondon, K. S.,… Nendaz, M. R. (2019). When team conflicts threaten quality of care: a study of health care professionals’ experiences and perceptions. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes, 3(1), 43-51. Web.

Dols, J. D., Beckmann-Mendez, D., DiLeo, H. A., Weis, K. L., & Medina-Calvo, M. (2018). Nurse-managed health centers: Measures of excellence. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(8), 613-619. Web.

Kariotis, T. C., & Harris, K. M. (2019). Clinician perceptions of My Health Record in mental health care: medication management and sharing mental health information. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25(1), 66-71. Web.

Schot, E., Tummers, L., & Noordegraaf, M. (2020). Working on working together. A systematic review on how healthcare professionals contribute to interprofessional collaboration. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34(3), 332-342. Web.