Cookeville Regional Medical Center Now Has An Orthopedic Nurse Navigator

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Cookeville Regional Medical Center now has an orthopedic nurse navigator that will walk with joint replacement patients thought their orthopedic journey.  Joint Venture Camp is the name of the orthopedic navigation program and it is there to provide the patients with tools they need to be self-sufficient in their care after joint surgery.

“We believe that an informed patient is equivalent to improved outcomes, and we want our joint patients to do well and exceed their own expectations after surgery,” said CRMC Orthopedic Nurse Navigator Melissa Thompson, R.N., B.S.N, ONN.

The orthopedic nurse navigator will be preparing and educating the patient, and their family, prior to their procedure so they have an easier time transitioning home and returning back to the activity level they strive for.

“I will be helping coordinate and manage care for all total joint replacement patients at Cookeville Regional. I am here to be the single point of contact for patients, and their families, once they agree that surgery is the best option for them. Being the single point of contact helps provide consistent, timely and effective communication for the patient’s plan of care and coordinating this care with the orthopedic surgeons and all members of the patient’s health care team. The patients have a lot to consider once they make the decision to proceed with total joint surgery, and my hope is that the patient will feel educated, prepared and ready for surgery and home independence.” said Thompson.  

After surgery is over, the navigator will continue to follow the patient to provide support, answer any questions, and provide a continuum of care to avoid preventable readmissions.

“I will be there every step of the way helping these patients get back to their every day lives,” said Thompson.

Right now, the orthopedic nurse navigator will begin the program with a focus on total knee patients, but the plan is to begin seeing total hips in the fall.

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Photo: Melissa Thompson, R.N., B.S.N, ONN