Lauran Hardin, Senior Advisor, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

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Nurses in health systems across the country are at the forefront of navigating the complexities of patient needs. Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, FNAP, will join other leaders at the 4th National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in a Breakout Session titled “Nurses Leading a Culture of Health.” As Senior Advisor at the Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, Hardin builds upon her extensive experience providing consulting, co-design and coaching in care re-design and complex care transformation.

Hardin’s drive to transform care stems from her wide range of experiences as a nurse, where she worked in a variety of settings, including children’s palliative care and emergency care. She recalls working with one patient in particular –  the victim of a shooting. The patient had received initial emergency care to remove a bullet, but required follow-up surgical interventions. Due to a string of non-medical complications, he wasn’t able to get the care he needed; rather than receiving follow-up surgery, he was often going to the emergency room to mitigate the side effects. Throughout his visits to the ER, Hardin developed a bond with him, and together they advocated for him to receive necessary surgery. Situations like this are what continue to inspire Hardin to transform care for people with complex health and social needs.

For Hardin, collaboration and communication between sectors, populations, and individuals is key to successful interventions. Her experience both working with patients individually as a nurse and with health systems as a whole allows her to utilize skills from multiple sectors. In navigating multiple sectors, Hardin is also able to connect with diverse populations and develop effective care transformation plans.

Take one of Hardin’s plans, Project Restoration, a comprehensive approach to care that addresses a multiplicity of factors like housing and income instability, for example. Interventions like Project Restoration, as seen in this video, transform communities. “Project Restoration is an example of the possible: a workable, effective approach to healing people and communities,” Hardin wrote in this article.

Hardin was awarded the National CNL Vanguard award from the AACN in January 2015. Her innovative model of care earned her “Edge Runner” recognition from the American Academy of Nursing in June of 2015. She was named AARP Culture of Health Scholar at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs in January of 2017 and inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing in 2018. Hardin earned her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy, with certifications as a CNL, Pain Management and Hospice. She trained as a Facilitator with the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center, spent several years working in hospice, and co-developed the first Pain and Palliative Care service in the West Michigan region.