Get to know Tim Wright and how his role as a nurse coach supports the transition home for post-acute care patients.
Tim Wright still remembers one of the first patients he helped when he started working as a nurse coach in the CareCentrix Readmissions Management program. It was a member who had not seen a doctor in a very long time and was just discharged from the hospital to return to the mobile home where he lived.
The member told Wright during their first phone call that he usually took care of all the mobile home maintenance himself—repairs were needed to ensure he could drive it to his upcoming doctor appointments—but he simply was not feeling up to it following his recent hospital stay.
“He told me he needed groceries, but his refrigerator was broken, and he didn’t feel well enough to fix it,” Wright recalls. “After some prompting, he shared that he had a freezer chest that he could store meals in, so I got him access to Meals on Wheels home delivery and coordinated transportation to his follow-up doctor appointment. On my second phone call with him, he just praised me up and down! By the third call he was up walking around—almost completely back to normal—and was so grateful.”
Addressing social determinants of health issues, like having enough food to eat, is just one way that nurse coaches help patients navigate healing safely at home. Wright is one of many nurse coaches that CareCentrix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance, employs to develop personalized recovery plans for members. Nurse coaches ensure members’ specific goals are met by supplying access to the right resources to heal at home.
Tim’s path to a career in healthcare
Wright was always interested in the sciences, but two incidents happened in his life that led him to pursue a career as a nurse. The first was meeting his now wife and learning that her parents were both nurses.
“That’s when I found out what a nurse was and what they do,” he says. “If you’re not in healthcare and you don’t know anybody who’s a nurse, you really have no idea.”
The second thing that led him to pursue a career in nursing was the passing of his father.
“I was forced to deal with the healthcare industry from a caretaker’s perspective, which I had never done previously, and it was eye-opening,” he says. “I’ve always loved helping people, and I knew becoming a nurse would be a way to continue to do that. It was the best decision of my life.”
Wright worked as a nurse in a hospital for several years before joining CareCentrix.
The unique role of a CareCentrix nurse coach
Nurse coaches are part of the CareCentrix Readmissions Management program. They are trained, licensed, registered nurses who support a post-acute care patient’s transition home. Once a patient is discharged from the hospital, they’ll get a phone call from a nurse coach.
“The nurse coach is there to support you and be your teammate and helps with the transition to home and helps prevent you from getting sick again and having an unnecessary readmission,” Wright says. Some of the personalized care plans he develops for patients include helping them understand their discharge instructions, going over new medications and educating them about a new disease diagnosis.
Wright says nurse coaches support the whole person—physically, mentally, and emotionally. This also includes social determinants of health, like not having food or transportation, which Wright was able to help address with his patient living in the mobile home.
“We talk through any potential barriers to a patient getting care and make them aware of the resources available in their communities,” Wright says. He added that he’ll also coordinate care with his patients’ primary care physician, find them a primary care physician if they don’t already have one, refer them to a pharmacist, or anyone else on their care team.
Some patients need just a few phone calls after a hospital stay, and others require more time and support before they’ve met their recovery goals and their risk for readmission is low.
“From the first phone call to the fourth or fifth, it’s like, ‘Wow, you’re a different person! You’re making progress,’” he says. “That’s wonderful to see, and it’s always fulfilling.”
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Originally published on WalgreensBootsAlliance.com
- Member Engagement
- Post-Acute Care
- Readmissions Management
- Social Determinants of Health
- Transitions of Care