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The purpose of this article was to describe nursing practices (e.g., assessment, interventions) around fall prevention, as perceived by nurse managers in adult, medical-surgical nursing units. One hundred forty nurse managers from 51 hospitals from across the United States participated....
The overall purpose of improving work environments in health care is to enhance patient care delivery and improve the retention of nurses by engaging nurses in a model of cultural change that enhances communication and collaboration and actively involves nurses in organizational and clinical...
Patients on a telemetry unit experienced an increase in thrombophlebitis in 2004. The purpose of this research was to determine if peripheral IV amiodarone and vancomycin influenced the incidence of thrombophlebitis in an adult cardiothoracic population. Amiodarone phlebitis rates range up to...
Evidence-based practice has led to improved health care quality and safety; greater patient, family, and staff satisfaction; and reduced costs. Despite these promising outcomes, use of evidence-based practice is inconsistent. The purpose of this article is to describe an advanced educational...
Rapid response teams (RRTs) improve outcomes for patients through early escalation of care. However, subtle signs of clinical deterioration in children may not be consistently recognized by the bedside acute care nurse and therefore the RRT may not be activated. The Pediatric Early Warning Score...
Nurses in health care today need to practice from an evidence base. There are many models to guide nurses in using the evidence in their practice; however, often nurses rely on their own mental processes to deliver care and do not rely on protocols or guidelines. The challenge often is not to...
In a pay-for-performance environment, implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice (EBP) is no longer a luxury but a necessity. A critical driving force for EBP is that our communities—the people we serve—expect to receive care based on the best available evidence. Transformational...
Pressure ulcers (PUs) are among the most common harms experienced by patients in health care facilities. Despite the existence of evidence-based guidelines and protocols for PU prevention and treatment, the sustained success in reducing the development of PUs is elusive. The purpose of this...
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