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For the past decade, healthcare has focused on the Triple Aim – enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs.1,2,3 The Quadruple Aim adds a fourth element: caring for the provider to improve patient care and decrease nurse burnout.2,3

How does this relate to nursing continuing professional development (NCPD)? NCPD is a key component to help healthcare organizations meet the Quadruple Aim.3,4 In a recent column in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Jennifer Graebe, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development and Joint Accreditation programs at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), highlighted the important role nurses and nurse leaders play in making NCPD a strategic priority.3 Research shows that NCPD can improve patient outcomes and experience, impact nurse resilience, and ultimately decrease healthcare costs.4 Graebe underscores the need to make NCPD strategic to address professional practice gaps, performance gaps, and patient needs. This will lead to meaningful, outcomes-driven results. Read the full article here.

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References

  1. Donald Berwick, Thomas Nolan, John Whittington. “The Triple Aim: Care, Health, and Cost,” Health Affairs 27, no. 3 (2008): 759-769.
  2. Thomas Bodenheimer, Christine Sinsky. “From Triple to Quadruple Aim: Care of the Patient Requires Care of the Provider,” Annals of Family Medicine 12, no. 6 (2014): 573-576.
  3. William Jackson Epperson, Susan Fink Childs, Gordon Wilhoit. “Provider Burnout and Patient Engagement: The Quadruple and Quintuple Aims,” Medical Practice Management 31, no. 6 (2016): 359-363.
  4. Jennifer Graebe. “Leveraging Continuing Professional Development to Meet your Organization’s Strategic Goals,” Journal of Nursing Administration 48, no. 7/8 (2018): 353-354. doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000000627.
  5. Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2010).
  6. Graham McMahon. 2017. “The Leadership Case for Investing in Continuing Professional Development.” Academic Medicine92, no. 8 (2017): 1075-1077. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001619.
  7. American Nurses Credentialing Center. ANCC Primary Accreditation Provider Application Manual (Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2015).

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