1. Olender, Lynda MA, RN


The hospitalist "specialty" is sweeping the inpatient setting with numbers of physicians choosing this specialty expected to exceed 20,000 by 2010. Yet, little is known about the involvement of nursing in the design, implementation, and evaluation of a hospitalist initiative. The author suggests the chief nursing officer's pivotal role in proactively encouraging the design and implementation of a hospitalist-nurse manager patient-centered care delivery model. The chief nursing officer can create an environment to foster research designed to identify outcomes from this partnership of hospitalist and clinical (nurse) manager.