A Collaborative Approach to Oral Health in the 21st Century: A Clinical Nurse Specialist's Effort to Address a Clinical Dilemma

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164041
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Collaborative Approach to Oral Health in the 21st Century: A Clinical Nurse Specialist's Effort to Address a Clinical Dilemma
Author(s):
Melvin, Christina S.
Author Details:
Christina S. Melvin, MS, APRN, BC, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Statement of Problem and Significance: The Surgeon General noted that poor oral health restricts activities in school, work, and home, and often significantly diminishes the quality of life. Access to dental care for Medicaid eligible children is a barrier to oral health. Many dentists limit the acceptance of children with Medicaid coverage, because they are hesitant to accept lower fees, and anticipate high no-show rates. Refugee children's oral health needs further increase the demand for school-based health services. Better oral health for school-age children has a lifelong impact. One role of the community-based advanced practice nurse is to provide leadership in addressing unmet needs of populations. Purpose: This presentation illustrates how the clinical competences of advanced practice nursing provided a framework for identifying a significant health problem and collaborating in the development of a successful dental access project. The presenter questioned why disparities existed given the economic and social conditions in Burlington, Vermont. She set out to discover the root problem, develop a plan of care, and devise strategies to address the problem. Description of the Innovation and Implications for Practice: The presenter worked with the Vermont Department of Health to implement an existing but unfunded program to address children's oral health needs. The Tooth Tutor program was, as a result, begun in Burlington. The program included outreach, screening, contact between hygienists and local private practice dentists, case management, and implementation of a dental health curriculum for grades K-6.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2004
Conference Name:
2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Collaborative Approach to Oral Health in the 21st Century: A Clinical Nurse Specialist's Effort to Address a Clinical Dilemmaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMelvin, Christina S.en_US
dc.author.detailsChristina S. Melvin, MS, APRN, BC, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164041-
dc.description.abstractStatement of Problem and Significance: The Surgeon General noted that poor oral health restricts activities in school, work, and home, and often significantly diminishes the quality of life. Access to dental care for Medicaid eligible children is a barrier to oral health. Many dentists limit the acceptance of children with Medicaid coverage, because they are hesitant to accept lower fees, and anticipate high no-show rates. Refugee children's oral health needs further increase the demand for school-based health services. Better oral health for school-age children has a lifelong impact. One role of the community-based advanced practice nurse is to provide leadership in addressing unmet needs of populations. Purpose: This presentation illustrates how the clinical competences of advanced practice nursing provided a framework for identifying a significant health problem and collaborating in the development of a successful dental access project. The presenter questioned why disparities existed given the economic and social conditions in Burlington, Vermont. She set out to discover the root problem, develop a plan of care, and devise strategies to address the problem. Description of the Innovation and Implications for Practice: The presenter worked with the Vermont Department of Health to implement an existing but unfunded program to address children's oral health needs. The Tooth Tutor program was, as a result, begun in Burlington. The program included outreach, screening, contact between hygienists and local private practice dentists, case management, and implementation of a dental health curriculum for grades K-6.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:40:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:40:53Z-
dc.conference.date2004en_US
dc.conference.name2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Centuryen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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