organization, allowing them to work in specialty areas even without prior experience, and promoted retention due to the contract of three years that they have to fulfill after graduating from the program. Many of the new nurses were employed in urgent care settings.With regards to adopting of new healthcare settings, Baptist Health System, within the last five years, opened ten urgent care facilities, six primary care centers and recently opened a free-standing emergency department to help cater to the increasing needs of patients to access health care. Current staff nurses of the organization were prioritized to transfer to the new ambulatory care settings. ACA also resulted to generating new jobs that involved care coordination (Pittman & Scully-Russ, 2016). In Baptist Health System, new nursing positions like case management and transfer center nursing coordinators were opened to serve as care coordinators to the new healthcare settings.Moreover, to support the new ambulatory settings, the organization granted scholarships and tuition reimbursement programs for current employees interested in furthering their
education with masters and doctorates in nursing for family or acute care nurse practitioner track.Graduates of the program are then hired in any facility within the organization to work as nurse practitioners, also encouraging retention of nurses within the organization. In addition, with staffing shortages resulting from the ACA, it is difficult for single primary care professional to effectively and efficiently manage patient care needs (Norful, de Jacq, Carlino, & Poghosyan, 2018). A new care delivery of two primary care professionals such as a physician and a nurse practitioner co-managing a patient helps to meet the increased demands for health care. To date, 79 nurse practitioners are working in the organization who availed of the scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs.
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