Bridging the gap in care for children through the clinical nurse leader

Erin L. O'Grady, Brigit VanGraafeiland

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Care coordination has been identified as a gap in the nursing care of children and families who experience an encounter within the health care system. The educational preparation of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) enables the CNL to address many gaps found in health care. Current evidence suggests various gaps in care, as reported by patients, families, nurses, and other health care providers. Identified gaps in care include problems with communication, coordination, education, research, advocacy, psychological and social support, and the needs of siblings. The CNL may improve quality of care for children through efficient care coordination by acting as a liaison and advocate between the patient, family, and health care team to bridge gaps in the current practices of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158+167
JournalPediatric Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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