Frequently Asked Questions

What does the nursing demonstration program mean for Scottsdale Healthcare?

Scottsdale Healthcare is leading the CMS Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration Project in Arizona together with Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University. Over the next four years, Scottsdale Healthcare will partner with over 30 clinical practice sites across rural and medically underserved areas of Arizona to place students in primary care settings to help improve access to care. Since nurse practitioners often practice in areas where they are trained, graduates will be encouraged to remain in practice at these locations. In addition, Scottsdale Healthcare will provide training for nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students in various settings across the care continuum, particularly where interprofessional teams provide care to patients and families to increase the knowledge and skills needed to be prepared for new models of care delivery.

What specific changes to you expect to result from it (ie, how many more APRNs will you be able to train in a given year, and in what kind of new settings?

The goal of the Demonstration Project is to increase the number of APRN graduates in Arizona over the next four years. The expectation is that 189 more APRNs will be trained each year of the four year Demonstration Project. Nurse practitioners (Adult, family, pediatric, family mental health, acute care) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (Adult/Geriatric) will receive education and training in settings that facilitate transitional care of patients from the hospital to home, including support for patients who do not currently have a primary care physician or who may require additional management prior to returning to their primary care provider.

If it is successful, how will it improve care for your patients, and the health care system overall?

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses participating in the Demonstration Project will receive interprofessional education and training in order to provide care that is comprehensive and incorporates collaboration across disciplines for optimal patient outcomes. Interprofessional management of patients has been shown to facilitate communication among members of the healthcare team for better care, enhance the patient’s experience, and reduce the need for re-hospitalizations.

And if it is successful, how it affect the future of Scottsdale Healthcare in five or 10 years?

APRNs are critical to improving health care outcomes for patients through high quality preventive care, acute care management, and transitions back to the community. If utilized effectively, APRNs, together with physicians and other interdisciplinary health care team members, will provide safe and effective care that reduces the length of hospital stay for patients, improves outcomes, and lowers the cost of providing care.