The Changing Role of Nurses in Health Care

Traditionally speaking, the nursing role was one that did not participate in discussions on care management. Today, however, as our healthcare system continues to evolve and become more complex, more and more medical providers are realizing the value nurses bring to workflow design.

Given all the new healthcare imperatives that have come to fruition in recent years because of healthcare reform, the primary care gap in this country is growing. To help bridge the gap, many healthcare providers are taking a more coordinated, team-based approach to care—where nurses are empowered to be involved in every aspect of patient care.

In 2012, H&HN magazine published an article on the changing role of nurses that discusses how when nurses have more responsibility over care management and a louder voice in workflow design, not only does public health improve, the entire health system also becomes leaner and more effective.

These days, it is more commonplace for nurses to serve as care coordinators, health coaches, disease managers, and community liaisons.