AACN Synergy Model

for Patient Care

Case Study of a CHF Patient

Sonya Hardin, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS

Leslie Hussey, RN, PhD

role as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)/adult nurse practitioner (ANP). The advanced practice nurse with a CNS/ANP degree can have a significant impact on healthcare by preventing chronic illness and pro- moting healthy lifestyles and influ- ence the delivery, cost, and quality of healthcare to persons with chronic illness.2

Background of CHF

The AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care describes a framework for nursing practice. The key to this model is the linkage of patient char- acteristics with nurse competencies to achieve optimal patient out- comes.1 The Synergy Model is readily adaptable to the acute care or critical care setting when the patient is criti- cally ill and the intensive care nurse links his or her own competencies to the patient's characteristics. How- ever, not all acute...
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