Synergy Model for Patient Care
The current featured ANS article is titled “Description and Evaluation of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care Employing the Critique Frameworks of Chinn and Kramer (2011) and Fawcett and DeSanto-Madeya (2013)” authored by Soyun Hong, MSN, RN and Eunkyung Kim, MSN, RN, nurse scholars at Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. While this article is featured, you can download the full PDF at no cost. The authors shared this background about their work for ANS readers:
This study aims to describe and evaluate the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care that aligns nurses’ competencies with the needs of patients and their families, developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The description focuses on objectively explaining the theory, while the evaluation is based on established standards to determine its viability for application in nursing practice. This study applies Chinn and Kramer’s (2011) theoretical description method and Fawcett and DeSanto-Madeya’s (2013) theory analysis method to evaluate the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. The results show that the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care makes it possible to confirm the concepts and characteristics of nursing by providing a theory that explains nursing practice within the health care system. Further, the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care is a framework that properly matches patients’ characteristics with nurses’ competencies in achieving optimal outcomes and nurses’ satisfaction at its core. The current description and evaluation of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care suggests that it is a well-developed middle-range theory with social and theoretical significance. Moreover, it is an effective framework for nursing practice and research to visualize the impact of nursing.