Using the "Seven A's" assessment tool for developing competency in case management.
In the latter part of the 20th century, healthcare reform sparked a transition in the nursing curriculum from acute care to primary and secondary care. Faculty responded to this challenge by redesigning curricula in creative ways. The transitional curriculum introduced community clinical experiences designed to challenge students to practice in diverse, nontraditional sites and in more independent ways. Such practice requires the nurse to function as designer, coordinator, and manager of patient care in addition to the traditional provider role. Additionally, the transitional curricula emphasized the roles of communicator, educator, facilitator, listener, and advocate to a greater degree. For students to achieve competence in the above roles, the curriculum must include learning activities that allow them to practice as case managers in the community. This paper presents the "Seven A's" as a framework for students to gain an understanding of and engage in the role and process of case management in the community.
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