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Joint Statement from the Tri-Council for Nursing

01/10/2017

The Essential Role of the Registered Nurse and Integration of Community Health Workers into Community Team-Based Care
January 2017

A joint statement from the Tri-Council for Nursing:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
National League for Nursing

This document describes the position of the Tri-Council for Nursing with regard to the essential role of the registered nurse (RN) in community team-based care, and describes the relationship of RNs and community health workers (CHW) who assist teams in achieving individual and population health outcomes. The evolution of community team-based care acknowledges new and modified roles for clinicians and other care givers, their relationships and customized interactions with patients and families. The Tri-Council position will inform consumers, providers, and policy makers about the changing nature of care in the community and the importance of high impact teams, highlighting the roles of registered nurses and community health workers.
 

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