The consensus among these healthcare professionals is that in the midst of the nursing and clinical workforce shortage, cross-training is a cost-effective and efficient means to extend and maximize limited resources, all while maintaining the quality of care provided to COPD patients.
Which discipline is most appropriate for cross-training initiatives? Pertelle is adamant, insisting, “It’s absolutely essential that RTs and RNs be cross-trained. Each has valuable skill sets that, with the proper education and training, will help us navigate the changes in this healthcare environment.”
Mann agrees, “It’s important that both disciplines expand their roles so that no matter how limited resources become, patients continue to receive the quality care they deserve.”
Where do you see the greatest opportunity for your care team?