Care Transitions Education Project

Background

The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing report suggests that nurses at all levels require a new style of leadership to deliver patient-centered care. All nurses are called upon to more actively engage in the care transition process to ensure patients and their families successfully transfer from one setting of care or one set of providers to another.

In order to help Western Massachusetts nurses gain these leadership skills, the Healthcare Workforce Partnership has initiated a three-year Care Transitions Education Project.

Project Overview

The Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP) provides an interactive educational experience that better equips nurses with the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead and improve patient-centered care transitions. CTEP educates nurses from all care settings and roles together, and increases their abilities to collaborate to achieve common patient-centered goals, including reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.

The Project’s central strategy is to create a standard care transitions curriculum and educating nurses together across the continuum of care.

Project objectives include:

  • Increase competency of nursing students, novice and experienced nurses to lead and improve patient care transitions
  • Increase mutual respect among nurses across care settings in order to establish shared accountability for successful patient care outcomes
  • Improve coordination and collaboration among interdisciplinary health providers and educators
  • Demonstrate nurse-lead quality improvement in care transition practice and work processes that result in positive change

Partners

Service: Baystate Health, Berkshire Healthcare Systems, Calvin Coolidge Nursing Home, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Elaine at Hadley Nursing Home, Genesis Healthcare/Heritage Hall, Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke Medical Center, Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc, Noble Hospital, Holyoke VNA & Hospice Lifecare, Sisters of Providence Health System, Westfield Nursing & Rehab, Wingate Healthcare, VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson

Education: American International College, Elms College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Westfield State University, Greenfield, Holyoke and Springfield Technical Community Colleges

Workforce Development: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc, Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center

For More Information

If you would like more information about the project or would like to discuss getting involved in the Care Transitions Education Project, please contact:

Kelly L. Aiken, Director of Labor and Workforce Development
Mass Senior Care Foundation
kaiken@maseniorcare.org or 617-558-0202

Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director
Mass Senior Care Foundation
cblanks@maseniorcare.org or 617-558-0202

http://www.maseniorcarefoundation.org/Initiatives/Care_Transitions.aspx