Aureus Medical explains why chronic care management is important for a travel nurse

Omaha, NE (March 30, 2015) - Ongoing, informed care should be the focus for any travel nurse. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, including travel nursing jobs, explains why chronic care management is an important issue for travel nurses.

Many of today’s greatest chronic health challenges, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, require daily decisions that rely on patient self-management.

As a result, nurses need to avoid simply telling patients about their treatment plan and find other ways to motivate them to make important changes to their lifestyles. More often than not, this requires proactive health care professionals who are invested in seeing results.

These protocols are even more important considering that the U.S. is moving toward a value-based payment model and steering away from the fee-for-service platforms of the past. Now more than ever, medical professionals need to focus on seeing clear and quantifiable results in their patients' well-being.

"As we age and develop more chronic illnesses related to lifestyle, the number of patients nurses come in contact with who need coaching and mentoring will go up," said Bonnie Pilon, DSN, RN, and senior associate dean of faculty practice for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee, explained to Nurse Zone. "There will be more opportunities for nurses. There will be more people who need managing. It's a numbers game."

Chronic care: The numbers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. spends a whopping 86 percent of its health care dollars on treating chronic illnesses. Not only do these conditions result in higher mortality rates and impaired quality of life, but they also create financial uncertainty, both for patients and doctors.

Though the CDC does state that health equity is needed to make chronic care management more sustainable in the U.S., there are guidelines that health care professionals, and especially nurses, should generally follow to make these goals a reality.

Read the full article for more travel nurse information on chronic care management.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.