As an NP I think about patients, families & health from a different conceptual foundation than my physician colleagues. Nursing is the only healthcare profession with Patient Autonomy as a key construct in the professional code of ethics. NPs are situated to bridge the gap between the existing sometimes paternalistic, prescriptive paradigm & the future collaborative, patient empowered paradigm. The SUCCESS model reflects this commitment to patient autonomy, empowerment & collaboration.
Barbara, We offer support for children in our Executive Function Lab that also helps support kids learning and development. Your idea is powerful in that you provide free service that many folks "in the middle" working everyday, no left over money, just making it, can't typically afford. Research supports the widening economic gap and the significance of education in closing that gap. We're not in a position to give money at CICS right now. If we ever are, you'll hear from me. Keep the faith! Amy
Judi, Thanks for the link and agreed there is so much we can do to help children thrive. I see points of intersection in our work with children. We see a large number of children with trauma in their background. We have trauma informed professional supervision for our clinical team using concepts from The Sanctuary Model including the SELF framework for understanding recovery. Agreed there must be trauma informed resources for children to thrive! Keep up the good work! Amy
Thanks Leanne! One goal is to compliment the for profit business with a not for profit funding stream that allows us to provide community resources, do research on our practice model and support families that can't afford service. Currently I'm self funded (my family committed all of our resources to this) and we maintain the practice and any clinic growth on the money we can collect from commercial insurances. I can pay the practice bills and have used all of my personal resource to cover the start up. I just took a paycheck for the first time in 2 years and most likely won't again for a bit as we had to build out more space to address the demand for services. I have over 70 kids on a wait list and one of my admins working in a refitted closet with occupational therapy services in the hallway sometimes and clinicians walking with kids outside because we don't have a room available. My youngest daughter has Autism and is a source of inspiration for us all. My family sat on a wait list for 2 years trying to get help when she was a baby. We mean it when we say every child every time. Our motto is "proceed as if success is inevitable". Peace to you as well. Amy