Discharge phone calls: using person-centred communication to improve outcomes

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This article describes the Clinical Nurse Leader role in implementing person-centred care bundles to improve patient outcomes through an innovative culture of caring.


Demonstrating the financial value of introducing the Clinical Nurse Leader role into an organisation is essential for sustainability. Previous authors have established the Clinical Nurse Leaders' influence on patient satisfaction and have suggested that Clinical Nurse Leaders improve the continuity of care after discharge.


Descriptive data are shared to illustrate the effectiveness of implementing the patient care bundles and a Clinical Nurse Leader-driven discharge phone call process.

Key issues

Clinical Nurse Leaders who practise from a caring lens are uniquely situated to lead initiatives that drive person-centred care with the goal of reducing readmission rates. Patients who receive person-centred care have an improved perception of the hospital experience and are more likely to return to the facility.


Clinical Nurse Leaders establish relationships with patients that increase the likelihood of successful outcomes from the discharge phone call process. Further evaluation of the Clinical Nurse Leader's role and potential impact on patient outcomes is warranted.

Implications for nursing management

Clinical Nurse Leaders are uniquely prepared to lead transformational change within an organisation. Clinical Nurse Leader interventions that are developed at the microsystem level in response to problems may have system-wide implications.

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