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Partnering to prevent falls: using a multimodal multidisciplinary team.

Volz TM, Swaim TJ

Nursing Administration, St Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, Kentucky 41017, USA. tina.volz@stelizabeth.com

An organizational goal to decrease fall rates was initiated using a multidisciplinary, multimodal approach. One innovative strategy was the Friday fall review, where nurse managers present each fall that occurred to determine causes and potential preventive measures. Results of the project include a fall rate below the benchmark for 9 of 10 recent consecutive quarters. Because of the success of this initiative, the quality department has adopted the format to review all core measure indicators where there is noncompliance or less than optimal performance.

Published 27 May 2013 in J Nurs Adm, 43(6): 336-41.
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Articles on Nursing published 27 May 2013:

Lessons learned from the implementation of a bedside handoff model.   J Nurs Adm, 43(6): 315-7.

At the University of Colorado Hospital, nurse-to-nurse shift reports traditionally occurred in a conference room setting and consisted of nurse-to-nurse verbal communication. Evidence supports moving this information exchange to the patient bedside. This model of report improves clinical effectiveness, patient safety, nurse efficiency, and staff satisfaction. Bedside reporting empowers patients and families to ask questions and contribute to their plan of care and increases patient ... [Abstract] [Full-text]

Medication reconciliation across the continuum of care: a meaningful use mandate.   J Nurs Adm, 43(6): 311-4.

In this department, the authors highlight hot topics in nursing outcomes, research, and evidence-based practice relevant to the nurse administrator. The goal is to discuss the practical implications for nurse leaders in diverse healthcare settings. Content includes evidence-based projects and decision making, locating measurement tools for quality improvement and safety projects, using outcome measures to evaluate quality, practice implications of administrative research, and exemplars of ... [Abstract] [Full-text]

Hiring into advanced practice positions: the nurse practitioner versus physician assistants debate.   J Nurs Adm, 43(6): 329-35.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) have long been part of the care model at our institution. Over the years, however, we have demonstrated a preference for NPs based on the belief that they can better meet our patients' needs. A recent evaluation of our care model led us to question these preferential hiring practices. After carefully examining NP and PA education and licensure requirements, scope of practice, and roles at our institution, we concluded that similarities ... [Abstract] [Full-text]


Articles on Nursing published 24 May 2013:

Health literacy and nursing: an update.   Am J Nurs, 113(6): 52-7.

Health literacy refers to a patient's knowledge and skill in making informed health care decisions. Low health literacy is associated with poor health outcomes that nurses have the potential to affect. Screening tools are available to assess a patient's health literacy, but not all are easy to use. Recently health literacy experts have recommended that all patients be treated as if they have low health literacy. The authors review the recent definitions and dimensions of health literacy, the ... [Abstract] [Full-text]

Improving statistical analysis of matched case-control studies.   Res Nurs Health, 36(3): 320-4.

Matched case-control research designs can be useful because matching can increase power due to reduced variability between subjects. However, inappropriate statistical analysis of matched data could result in a change in the strength of association between the dependent and independent variables or a change in the significance of the findings. We sought to ascertain whether matched case-control studies published in the nursing literature utilized appropriate statistical analyses. Of 41 articles ... [Abstract] [Full-text]


Articles on Nursing published 23 May 2013:

Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on psychological distress, well-being, and maternal self-efficacy in breast-feeding mothers: results of a pilot study.   Arch Womens Ment Health, 16(3): 227-36.

Several pilot studies have provided evidence that mindfulness-based intervention is beneficial during pregnancy, yet its effects in mothers during the early parenting period are unknown. The purpose of the present pilot study was to examine the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention in breast-feeding mothers. We developed and tested an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention aimed at improving maternal self-efficacy, mindfulness, self-compassion, satisfaction with life, and subjective ... [Abstract] [Full-text]


Articles on Nursing published 22 May 2013:

Physical performance measures: an important component of the comprehensive geriatric assessment.   Nurse Pract, 38(6): 48-53.

Performing a comprehensive geriatric assessment that includes objective physical performance measures is important. Gait speed and the Timed Up and Go test have been shown to predict health decline and mortality in older adults. Detecting subtle functional changes in older adults will help nurse practitioners provide optimal care. [Abstract] [Full-text]

Assessing asthma control: An evidence-based approach to improve skills and outcomes.   Nurse Pract, 38(6): 40-7.

The goal of asthma therapy is to achieve and maintain good asthma control. By utilizing evidence-based guidelines recommended by the National Asthma Education Prevention Program Expert Panel-3 Report, nurse practitioners can improve assessment of asthma control, and ultimately improve asthma outcomes. [Abstract] [Full-text]


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