Preventing a disease is traditionally considered easier than addressing the emerging health concerns; therefore, logically, it is most reasonable to put the emphasis on health maintenance and disease prevention, which has recently become the focus of the present-day nursing service. Over the past few years, a number of models allowing for keeping patients in perfect condition and encouraging health awareness among the U.S. population have been created. Even though the given models have not been tested long enough yet, because of the integration of the recent technological innovations and the latest techniques in health maintenance, such methods as the Innovative Nursing Care Delivery Model can be used efficiently in enhancing health issues awareness among the members of a community, therefore, increasing people’s chances for maintaining good health.
The first model to be introduced, Accountable Care Organization allows for linking numerous hospitals into a single unit, therefore, enhancing the information sharing process and improving working conditions of the employees (New care delivery models in health system reform: Opportunities for nurses & their patients, 2010). The Shared Care Model should also be given a proper mention. Often compared to the Patient Allocation Model, it helps provide patients with consistent nursing services (Med, Johnson, Fernandez & Jones, 2010). Community-academic partnership, in its turn, is aimed at establishing stronger links between the community and the existing healthcare centers to “bridge the gap of health disparities in underserved populations” (McCann, 2010, p. 33), as well as Community Health Nursing, does (DeBrew & Lutz, 2010).
It is noteworthy, though, that the latest strategies in nursing must be tested first, even if their efficiency seems obvious. Even though the given methods sound quite promising and seem to be rather adequate for addressing the health issues specified above, their novelty and, therefore, unpredictable effects on patients cannot be denied. With that being said, it is necessary to give the given methods a time test and use them with the ones that have been proven efficient over time. Once some of the new approaches backfire, they can be substituted with a corresponding traditional approach, which will provide consistent nursing services to the patients. As soon as the new strategies prove flawless and are tested for the possible aftereffects, it will be reasonable to shift from the system of using two methods simultaneously to adopting solely the latest approaches. An International Service-Learning Model (Heyward & Charette, 2012) can be of considerable interest to the burses interested in sharing their experience with their foreign colleagues; however, such practice presupposes considerable time limitations.
With all due regard to the endeavors of the researchers, who have developed the aforementioned strategies, it must be admitted that the given models, each falling under the umbrella term of Innovative Nursing Care Delivery Model, are yet to be tested in more diverse settings. While the aforementioned models seem to work well in relatively homogenous communities, in the ones with high diversity rates, some of the strategies may backfire greatly. Therefore, it is crucial that each of them should be tested in various settings. As soon as it is proved that each of the models is acceptable for working with people of any ethnic, national of social background, the Innovative Nursing Care Delivery Model may be seen as a success and be considered applicable for further use.
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