Title : Step to step guidelines for a nurse -led virtual clinic
One of the greatest opportunities in the 21st century is the potential to safely utilize the influence of technology revolution, which has transformed our society. As financial pressures grow, and the gap between expectations, demand and resources increases, need for the health care system to make use of the best available technologies has become increasingly urgent. To meet the challenges of improving health and providing timely, efficient, safer, cost- effective care, technology -via nurse led virtual clinics could be introduced to help tackle inequalities and improve access to services for all. Tele nursing is valued as a solution, as it could bridge the geographical gap by bringing specialist care to rural areas via technology. Tele health maximizes the utilization of expert resources to address the burden on health care services and redesign care pathways.
Results from studies have determined that the nurse led virtual clinic care model is patient centered, cost –effective whilst delivering safe, efficient, equitable and highly quality care. While the increasing popularity of nurse-led virtual clinics becomes evident, there is still very limited understanding of how this platform could be fully integrated as part of day-to-day nursing practice in the future.
This presentation will demonstrate an understanding of synthesized evidence of nurse-led virtual clinics and proposed guidelines based on international evidence. The presentation will cover a step to step guideline of running an efficient nurse led virtual clinic with little or no increased capital costs. It will start with why the need for nurse- led virtual clinics, significance of establishing the need for the clinic, barriers encountered, competency of the staff running the clinic and a guideline of running the clinic safely and effectively right from recruitment to post clinic processes.