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Part 4: Value-informed nursing practice depends on nursing innovation

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      With the adoption of value-based payments which tie reimbursement to patient outcomes and costs, days when nursing is viewed primarily as a cost to hospitals will soon be over. Already the backbone of high-quality care delivery and patient outcomes, nurses are becoming key drivers of health care organizations' financial outcomes, too. The first three articles published in this 6-part series on value-informed nursing practice—practice that considers both the outcomes and the cost of producing the outcomes—described what value-informed nursing practice means, its economic, policy, and ethical impetuses, and how value-informed nursing practice helps improve environmental sustainability of health systems. Here, in Part 4, we focus on the importance of nursing innovation in implementing value-informed nursing practice. We begin by discussing how innovation is connected to value and then examine the false dichotomy, perceived by many, between innovation and evidence-based care. Following this, we examine how health care organizations and systems can support nursing innovation, before concluding with recommendations for nursing educators.

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