New AdventHealth Initiative Aims to Transform Health Care

Nursing Shortage

Alleviation of nursing shortage, increased focus on patients are stated goals

AdventHealth is pleased to announce preliminary results of a pilot project that could revolutionize the patient care model across the country. Under the pilot, nurses are freed from onerous paperwork, allowing them to spend more time focusing on patients and their needs.

During the pilot, nurses have been paired with a Care Team Assistant (CTA). The CTA’s duties are similar to a patient care technician but will have the additional responsibility of documenting patients’ care under a nurse’s supervision. By relieving nurses of heavy documentation responsibility, they can spend more quality time with patients and play a more active role in patients’ care.

“AdventHealth is committed to finding innovative solutions to health care problems. We created this model to improve the way we work to make it easy for both our patients and staff,” said Eric Stevens, CEO of acute care services for AdventHealth in metro Orlando. “Our nursing staff is key to providing compassionate, whole-person care. A hospital stay can be an unnerving experience. This program helps our nurses spend quality time with our patients and their families to focus on supporting them while they heal.”

The initial pilot began in 2018 and is being tested at select units in AdventHealth’s Central Florida division. AdventHealth engaged CareThrough, a HealthChannels company, and sister company ScribeAmerica, which provides the scribe workforce in AdventHealth’s emergency departments. CareThrough is providing training and assistance with developing the CTA role.

“With the alarming rate of nurse burnout, compassion fatigue, and a workforce shortage predicted to last through 2030, supporting nurses has become a health care imperative,” said Kyle Cooksey, president of CareThrough. “AdventHealth is proactively creating a culture of engaged nurses. The pilot aligns with our mission to reduce burnout and strengthen patient care.”

AdventHealth plans to build on the success of the pilot and expand the program to other units. 

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