Discharge phone calls: using person-centred communication to improve outcomes
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Nursing leadership and patient outcomes Issue editor: Greta G. Cummings
Volume 21, Issue 5, pages 733–739, July 2013
How to Cite
2013) Journal of Nursing Management 21, 733–739 Discharge phone calls: using person-centred communication to improve outcomes, , & (
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 MAR 2013
- clinical nurse leader;
- Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems;
- patient outcomes;
- person-centred caring;
- transitions in care
This article describes the Clinical Nurse Leader role in implementing person-centred care bundles to improve patient outcomes through an innovative culture of caring.
Demonstrating the financial value of introducing the Clinical Nurse Leader role into an organisation is essential for sustainability. Previous authors have established the Clinical Nurse Leaders' influence on patient satisfaction and have suggested that Clinical Nurse Leaders improve the continuity of care after discharge.
Descriptive data are shared to illustrate the effectiveness of implementing the patient care bundles and a Clinical Nurse Leader-driven discharge phone call process.
Clinical Nurse Leaders who practise from a caring lens are uniquely situated to lead initiatives that drive person-centred care with the goal of reducing readmission rates. Patients who receive person-centred care have an improved perception of the hospital experience and are more likely to return to the facility.
Clinical Nurse Leaders establish relationships with patients that increase the likelihood of successful outcomes from the discharge phone call process. Further evaluation of the Clinical Nurse Leader's role and potential impact on patient outcomes is warranted.
Implications for nursing management
Clinical Nurse Leaders are uniquely prepared to lead transformational change within an organisation. Clinical Nurse Leader interventions that are developed at the microsystem level in response to problems may have system-wide implications.