Improving Patient Access to High-Quality Care

Issue 20 of the Charting Nursing's Future series explores how to fully utilize the skills, knowledge, and experience of advanced practice registered nurses.

Spurred by increased demand resulting from health care reform measures, looming workforce shortages and concerns about access and barriers to care, many leaders are focused on transforming the delivery of health care in ways that promote interprofessional collaboration, with everyone—including nurses—practicing to the full extent of their education and training.

This issue of Charting Nursing’s Future focuses on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs): describing the important roles they play; identifying some of the legal, institutional, and cultural barriers they face; highlighting three models for leveraging their skills, knowledge, and experience in different settings; and digesting recent studies on the capacity, safety, and quality of APRN patient care.