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Fairness, Emotional Intelligence, And Ethical Decision-Making In Customer Evaluations Of Providers, Tameka Austin Jan 2021

Fairness, Emotional Intelligence, And Ethical Decision-Making In Customer Evaluations Of Providers, Tameka Austin

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Customer satisfaction is a topic that organizations must focus on for the success and continued sustainability of their organizations. Emotional intelligence, fairness, and ethical decision-making are areas that businesses must address to identify how their businesses are impacted by the choices that customers make when working with corporations. The gig economy (short- or long-term project in which a contract worker is hired to perform a specific task or long-term consultant assignment) is an area that has not been addressed to a great extent by psychology researchers. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between emotional intelligence, ethical ...


Strategies For Catalyzing Clinicians’ Support Of Telemedicine Programs In Rural Communities, Jonathan Liwag Jan 2021

Strategies For Catalyzing Clinicians’ Support Of Telemedicine Programs In Rural Communities, Jonathan Liwag

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Clinicians’ failure to accept contemporary technology has been a critical barrier to telemedicine program adoption. Staff technical challenges and resistance to change can affect technology return on investment, which concerns telemedicine program leaders. Grounded in Davis’s technology acceptance model, the purpose of this qualitative, descriptive single case study was to explore strategies used by program leaders in the Marianas Islands who successfully gained clinicians’ acceptance of contemporary technology. The participants were 5 program leaders recommended by their institution because of their leadership role and telemedicine technologies experience. Data were collected from 4 face-to-face and 1 audio teleconference interview with ...


The Relationship Between Leadership Style, Job Satisfaction, Nurse Retention, And Patient Care Outcomes: A Systematic Review, Richard Lazarus Nwaorgu Jan 2021

The Relationship Between Leadership Style, Job Satisfaction, Nurse Retention, And Patient Care Outcomes: A Systematic Review, Richard Lazarus Nwaorgu

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Poor nurse retention, job dissatisfaction, and reduced patient health outcomes are pervasive issues at the healthcare institution of this project. Institutional data reflects a continual decline in retention and job satisfaction rates, which in 2018 showed a 20% drop in retention and a 25% drop in job satisfaction. The institution’s annual survey identified perceptions about leadership styles that gave rise to negative nursing behaviors and the negative impact on patient care outcomes. The purpose of this systematic review project (SRP) was to identify the relationship between nursing leadership styles, job satisfaction, nurse retention, and patient care outcomes within a ...


Program Evaluation Of A Hospital Patient Transportation Service, James Dion Washington Jan 2021

Program Evaluation Of A Hospital Patient Transportation Service, James Dion Washington

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A hospital inpatient transportation process may decrease the time it takes patients to receive care and improve hospital quality and safety outcomes by providing timely and efficient patient handling. Grounded in agency theory, the purpose of this program evaluation was to evaluate the efficacy of the request for transport to measure against hospital objectives. Two specific program goals were to achieve an average 19-minute transport request-to-completion time and a 10-minute response from the time transport request is received when the transporter arrives. Data were collected from a survey, semistructured interviews, focus groups, and archival data analysis. The one sample t-test ...


Impact Of Social Barrier Removal On Primary Care Use By Managed Care Enrollees, Pamme Lyons-Taylor Jan 2021

Impact Of Social Barrier Removal On Primary Care Use By Managed Care Enrollees, Pamme Lyons-Taylor

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Personal health represents a complex relationship among social, physical, and emotional factors that can be influenced by health-seeking behaviors. Prior research indicates that greater use of preventive services leads to longer life and lower healthcare costs. For some populations, evidence suggests that social barriers hinder access to preventive services. To better understand the relationship between social factors and the other personal-health factors, de-identified healthcare claims and social service encounter data for 4,480 low-income individuals enrolled in Medicare Advantage or Managed Medicaid at one national health insurance were examined using a retrospective, quasi-experimental design for services rendered between October 1 ...


The Experience Of Women With Opioid Use Disorder Accessing Methadone Treatment, Lizette Cristine Keenan Jan 2021

The Experience Of Women With Opioid Use Disorder Accessing Methadone Treatment, Lizette Cristine Keenan

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The number of women experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD) in Canada has increased exponentially. In Canada, healthcare is socialized and free for all citizens and often medications like methadone are free as well, yet few individuals with OUD access treatment services. The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experiences of Canadian women with OUD who were receiving methadone treatment. Interpretive phenomenology was used to investigate the treatment experiences of seven women with OUD. The conceptual framework of self-care of chronic illness was used examine this phenomenon. Data was analyzed using a seven step process of interpretive phenomenological ...


Effect Of Insecticide-Treated Nets On Anemia In Nigerian Children, Adamu Onu Jan 2021

Effect Of Insecticide-Treated Nets On Anemia In Nigerian Children, Adamu Onu

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Childhood anemia is a significant public health problem in Nigeria and frequently coexists with malaria. The mortality associated with malaria increases when anemia is present. Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are a cheap and effective malaria preventive measure that can provide a protective barrier from insects. There are conflicting results from several studies on the effect of ITNs on anemia in children, with fewer studies on the effect of ITNs on anemia in Nigerian children. This study aimed to measure the effect of ITN use on anemia among children aged 6–59 months in Nigeria. The social ecological model was used as ...


A Clinical Practice Guideline For Measuring Quality Of Life In Patients With Depression And Anxiety, Mary Fowaah Boateng Jan 2021

A Clinical Practice Guideline For Measuring Quality Of Life In Patients With Depression And Anxiety, Mary Fowaah Boateng

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Mental health conditions affect various aspects of an individual’s quality of life (QOL). Patients with anxiety and depression have a greater risk of having a negative perception of QOL. The gap in practice was the lack of an assessment tool to measure QOL in patients with mental health disorders. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice project was to develop a clinical practice guideline (CPG) recommending the best evidence-based measurement tool for QOL in patients with anxiety and/or depression. The question that guided the CPG was: How should QOL be measured in patients with anxiety and/or ...


Staff Education: Nonpharmacological Interventions For Pain In Older Adults With Osteoarthritis, Rachel 'Seunayo Ilesanmi Jan 2021

Staff Education: Nonpharmacological Interventions For Pain In Older Adults With Osteoarthritis, Rachel 'Seunayo Ilesanmi

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Osteoarthritis (OA) pain is a major social problem for older adults and has psychological and physical implications. In the clinic where the project was implemented, the family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are not addressing the OA pain of the older adult patients according to the evidence-based practice (EBP) guidelines. The purpose of this project was to educate FNPs on EBP guidelines regarding nonpharmacological intervention for chronic pain in OA patients. Knowles’ adult learning theory guided the development of the education program specific to the unique learning style of the FNPs. Fourteen FNPs who treat patients with OA in 3 clinic settings ...


Effects Of Cultural And Lived Experiences On Health Access Of Chamorro People On Saipan, Esther Lizama Muna Jan 2021

Effects Of Cultural And Lived Experiences On Health Access Of Chamorro People On Saipan, Esther Lizama Muna

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More than half of the population of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands had not visited their primary care provider for a year in 2016. The Chamorro people are less willing to seek or access care than other ethnic groups. This qualitative study aimed to understand the Chamorro people's access and utilization of Saipan's health care services to improve their access and, ultimately, their health. The theoretical frameworks included Penchansky and Thomas's theory of access to explore the Chamorro people of Saipan's lived experiences with availability, accessibility, accommodation, affordability, and acceptability of health care services ...


Developing A Presimulation Protocol For Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy, Jennifer Wieworka Jan 2021

Developing A Presimulation Protocol For Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy, Jennifer Wieworka

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Inadequate preparation of prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy (RT) can damage healthy tissue and cause long-term complications. Proper setup can reduce side effects. Currently, there are no standardized guidelines to help prepare patients for prostate radiation. Guidelines will help nurses coordinate care and manage symptoms for these patients. The purpose of this doctoral project was to address the gap in practice of the lack of a standardized process for implementing presimulation interventions for patients with prostate cancer undergoing RT by developing an evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG). The practice question for this project focused on the best practices contributing ...


Enhancing Parental Compliance In Managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Claudia E. K-Ackah Jan 2021

Enhancing Parental Compliance In Managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Claudia E. K-Ackah

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Medication adherence in children is essential in ensuring that treatment approaches are successful and lead to positive health outcomes for the patient. However, with the young child largely dependent on the abilities and drive of parents and caregivers, adherence to the treatment regimen for children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be challenging. A systematic literature review using the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis (PRISMA) model was used to locate, analyze, and synthesize sources to identify current evidence-based strategies used by health care providers for enhancing parental compliance in managing the child with ADHD. Reported in ...


Faculty Perceptions Of Preparing Bachelor Of Science In Nursing-Registered Nurse Students For Primary Health Care, Gloria J. Hopkinson Jan 2021

Faculty Perceptions Of Preparing Bachelor Of Science In Nursing-Registered Nurse Students For Primary Health Care, Gloria J. Hopkinson

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Healthcare systems rely on nurses to provide essential healthcare services in primary healthcare settings. However, few nursing school graduates seek careers in primary healthcare (PHC). The purposes of this exploratory, qualitative study guided by the patient-centeredness theory were to explore the beliefs and attitudes of nursing faculty who teach Bachelor of Science in nursing level PHC courses, how they incorporate PHC into the nursing curriculum, and what strategies they use to promote student interest in PHC. Participants of this study included seven faculty who teach PHC courses at two universities in the Midwest. The interviews were audio recorded, transcribed, and ...


Assessing The Risk Of Developing Liver Cancer Among Adults In The United States, Magbor Oben Jan 2021

Assessing The Risk Of Developing Liver Cancer Among Adults In The United States, Magbor Oben

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

The risk of developing liver cancer among adults in the United States remains asignificant threat due to an increasing prevalence of the disease. Despite the identification of some biological, environmental, and socioeconomic risk factors, uncertainty exists as to the role of sociodemographic factors. In this study, participants (N=27,804), age 18 and over, were assessed for liver cancer outcome specific to three factors liver disease, insurance coverage, and access to healthcare. With the person-centered care model as the framework, data from the 2016 National Health and Interview Surveys were subjected to the selection criteria and quantitatively analyzed using binary ...


Evidence-Informed Health Care Transition Policy In California’S Title V Programs For Medical Complexity, Anthony Pallitto Jan 2021

Evidence-Informed Health Care Transition Policy In California’S Title V Programs For Medical Complexity, Anthony Pallitto

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Inadequate health care transition policy continues to cause interruptions or setbacks in the continuity of medical care and lapses in health insurance coverage for adolescents in California's Title V programs for individuals with medically complex cases. Yet, there is a paucity of empirical health care transition research to develop an effective health care transition policy for children with medical complexity who are enrolled in California’s Title V program. The purpose of this explanatory case study was to explore the potentiality of translating evidence from a quasi-experimental health care transition primary research project into evidence-informed health care transition policy ...


Preventable Error Reduction Leadership Strategies Of Nurse Managers In A Hospital Setting, Sedrick Diego Bedolla Jan 2021

Preventable Error Reduction Leadership Strategies Of Nurse Managers In A Hospital Setting, Sedrick Diego Bedolla

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AbstractPreventable medical errors in the healthcare industry account for hundreds of thousands of patient deaths annually. Nurse managers strive to develop strategies to reduce incidences of preventable medical error and increase patient safety in their organization to improve performance and reduce harm in the healthcare industry. Grounded in the complex adaptive systems theory, the purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore strategies nurse managers use to reduce the rate of preventable medical errors among employees. The participants comprised 6 nurse managers who successfully used strategies to lower the rate of preventable errors in a healthcare facility in ...


Staff Development Project For Fall Prevention In Long-Term Care, Afua Ofosuhene Jan 2021

Staff Development Project For Fall Prevention In Long-Term Care, Afua Ofosuhene

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AbstractFalls pose major healthcare problems in long-term care (LTC) facilities. Falls significantly impede quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. The purpose of the project was to determine if the fall prevention program Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) increased staff knowledge regarding fall prevention and reduced fall rates at the LTC setting. The project addressed whether educating LTC staff regarding a fall prevention program could increase their knowledge of fall prevention and decrease the rate of falls. The gap identified was that nurses lacked education regarding fall prevention strategies. The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model was the evidence-based practice ...


A Quality Improvement Evaluation Of An Emergency Department Response System For Psychiatric Patients, Kathryn J. Clagg Jan 2021

A Quality Improvement Evaluation Of An Emergency Department Response System For Psychiatric Patients, Kathryn J. Clagg

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

The DNP project was a quality improvement evaluation of an emergency department (ED) response system for psychiatric patients. The identified problem within the organization was a breakdown in care for psychiatric patients in the ED. The practice-focused question was twofold to address whether: (a) the development of a new ED response team would significantly reduce ED wait times, positively affect the left without being seen (LWBS) rates, and improve patient satisfaction for psychiatric patients and (b) the development of a new emergency room response team would improve the perceptions of ED staff on the process. The context, input, process, and ...


The Effect Of Race, Provider-Location Type, And Region On Adolescent Hpv Vaccination, Erica Sade Hunter Jan 2021

The Effect Of Race, Provider-Location Type, And Region On Adolescent Hpv Vaccination, Erica Sade Hunter

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Studies have been conducted on various factors and their effect on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination uptake amongst adolescents. However, these studies typically point to communication factors and provider recommendations as having a significant effect on HPV vaccination uptake, ultimately leading to the need for more information on other factors that may increase HPV vaccination amongst adolescents. The purpose of this quantitative cross-sectional study was to determine if race, provider-location type, and region of the United States have a statistically significant effect on HPV uptake amongst adolescents. The 2018 National Immunization Survey (NIS) was used, and 34,980 participants were included ...


A Qualitative, Formative Evaluation Of Cultural Competencies In A Baccalaureate Nursing Program, Lorraine J. Mercado Jan 2021

A Qualitative, Formative Evaluation Of Cultural Competencies In A Baccalaureate Nursing Program, Lorraine J. Mercado

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Abstract Nurses are often the first healthcare professionals that patients encounter in a healthcare environment; however, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) community and other diverse populations fail to seek medical attention due to feelings of discrimination and an unwelcoming environment. The focus of this qualitative, formative, program evaluation was that the baccalaureate nursing students at a private 4-year college in the Northeastern United States indicated a lack of academic preparation in cultural competency to properly care for members of the LGBT community and other diverse populations after graduation. Leininger’s theory of cultural care was used ...


Empowerment, Personality, And Leader-Member Exchange Quality In Physicians, Tony S. Reed Jan 2021

Empowerment, Personality, And Leader-Member Exchange Quality In Physicians, Tony S. Reed

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Nearly 100,000 people suffer injury or death each year due to errors in the United States healthcare system. Researchers have identified that empowerment by physicians can address this significant social issue. Despite this knowledge, qualifications to empowering behaviors in physicians have not been identified. A quantitative nonexperimental correlation approach was used to determine the role that personality type and high-quality leader-member exchange may play in the physician’s ability to create empowerment at academic medical centers in the United States. The theoretical framework of empowering leadership, Jung’s psychological types, and leader-member exchange quality informed the research design and ...


Staff Education To Promote Postpartum Depression Screening, Melony Stokes Jan 2021

Staff Education To Promote Postpartum Depression Screening, Melony Stokes

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most frequent cause of maternal morbidity in the United States. PPD is far more prevalent than reported. The literature suggests that more than half of women experiencing PPD are untreated and unrecognized. PPD affects the health of mothers and their newborns and is associated with long-term psychological and socioeconomic implications. Varying factors may influence PPD, and it is often difficult for patients to recognize the symptoms making it critically important for health care staff to screen for PPD. The aim of this project was to determine whether an education program for nurses in an obstetrical ...


Impact Of The Internet On Young Adult’S Perceptions Of Childhood Vaccinations, Hollie Leigh Xu Jan 2021

Impact Of The Internet On Young Adult’S Perceptions Of Childhood Vaccinations, Hollie Leigh Xu

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The internet and social media have transformed the way people receive information and connect, but the impact on society is still unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of indirect exposure to vaccine messages via the internet on young adults’ perceptions of childhood vaccinations. The health belief model and the social marketing theory were used as the theoretical framework. Research questions explored the relationship between exposure to anti and pro-vaccination messages and perceptions of participants as well as the relationship between perceptions of vaccination and intent to vaccinate. A quantitative correlational study design was used, with ...


The Use Of Technology For Seeking Health Information In Persons With Cancer, Jasvir Zonobi Jan 2021

The Use Of Technology For Seeking Health Information In Persons With Cancer, Jasvir Zonobi

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Cancer is a growing public health concern. The U.S. cancer prevalence nearly doubled from 8.1 million in 1996 to 15.5 million in 2016 and is expected to rise by an additional 68% from 2016 to 2040. Many cancer survivors use technology (e.g., smartphones) for health information seeking (HIS) for health-related self-efficacy (HRSE) to self-manage the health issues (e.g., physical impairment, chronic disease) they face. However, limited research exists regarding cancer survivors' use of HIS technology for HRSE. The self-efficacy theoretical framework, multiple logistic regression analyses, and the data from 2019 Health Information National Trends Survey ...


The Impact Of Socioeconomic Status And Ethnicity On Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients, Donald Garret Abshier Jan 2021

The Impact Of Socioeconomic Status And Ethnicity On Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients, Donald Garret Abshier

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and debilitating respiratory condition that leads to significant medial and financial burdens. For many patients with COPD, multiple socioeconomic factors contribute to health disparities, including income, education, employment status, and race/ethnicity. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of SES and race/ethnicity on COPD patients. For this cross-sectional study, using secondary data analysis, the Social-Ecological Model (SEM), which discusses five levels of influence, was utilized. Data from over 3,222 participants aged 18 and over, living in Nevada were obtained from the 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance ...


Lived Experiences Of African American Women Coping With Breast Cancer In Rural Northeastern North Carolina, Denise Germaine Belle Jan 2021

Lived Experiences Of African American Women Coping With Breast Cancer In Rural Northeastern North Carolina, Denise Germaine Belle

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This qualitative study examined the phenomenology of breast cancer among seven African American female participants who reside in rural, medically underserved communities in Northeastern North Carolina. The aim of this descriptive study was to explore the answers to the overarching question of how African American women with breast cancer self-manage the emotional, physical, financial, and social issues associated with the diagnosis and treatment. The transactional model of stress and coping provided the theoretical framework for examining the role of social reinforcements, beliefs, attitudes, and intentions on the health behavior of African American women with breast cancer in some rural, resource-stricken ...


Exploring Ethnic And New Orleans Cultural Influences On Health Behaviors Of African American Women, Keneitra Brown-Mayfield Jan 2021

Exploring Ethnic And New Orleans Cultural Influences On Health Behaviors Of African American Women, Keneitra Brown-Mayfield

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In the United States (U.S.), African American women suffer disproportionately due to obesity and chronic diseases. Many studies have examined the culture of African Americans and its influence on their health behaviors in order to gain knowledge to inform obesity and chronic disease prevention interventions. However, a geographical segment of the U.S. African American population shares a unique culture that had yet to be studied. This qualitative study used in-depth interviews to understand the perceptions of overweight and obese African American women living in the Greater New Orleans region about their culture’s role in the prevalence of ...


Exploring Barriers To Care: Provider Efforts To Improve Retention In Urban-Rural Clusters, Kenyata M. Fletcher Jan 2021

Exploring Barriers To Care: Provider Efforts To Improve Retention In Urban-Rural Clusters, Kenyata M. Fletcher

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AbstractOver the years, the infection rates for HIV in the United States has changed partly due to lack of engagement and medication adherence which can lead to substantial declines in individual health. Factors that contribute to the individual’s adherence can include transportation cost, childcare, and lack of finances to name a few. These barriers can often be decreased with the help of supportive service providers and improvement in the patient-provider relationship. Currently, there is limited research that explores how to reduce patient barriers to care, specifically in rural areas. This qualitative study examines how Illinois health care providers help ...


Psychosocial Support During Pregnancy: A Narrative Inquiry Of Low-Income Unmarried Women In Iowa, Summer D. Parrott Jan 2021

Psychosocial Support During Pregnancy: A Narrative Inquiry Of Low-Income Unmarried Women In Iowa, Summer D. Parrott

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Pregnant women who experience high levels of stress and who lack support are at higher risk for negative birth outcomes for themselves and their offspring including preterm labor, low birthweights, and a myriad of other short- and long-term health and behavioral consequences across the lifespan of the child. Unmarried or socioeconomically disadvantaged women lack the most common resources used to protect against the negative effects of stress during pregnancy. A research gap existed regarding the specific types of psychosocial support perceived by low-income unmarried women to be most beneficial at buffering their perceived prenatal stress. The ecological model and the ...


Evaluation Of A Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator Quality Improvement Program, Eileen Joy Watkins Jan 2021

Evaluation Of A Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator Quality Improvement Program, Eileen Joy Watkins

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AbstractPatients who have had cardiac surgery may experience longer hospital stays and increased readmission rates when there is poor care coordination between patients, families, and the healthcare team. Poor care coordination leads to unclear expectations of each phase of care, decreased compliance with postoperative care regimen resulting in increased length of stay, patient and family dissatisfaction, and increased rates of readmission. This project evaluated a Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator (CSNN) Quality Improvement program to address care coordination and improve length of stay and readmission rates for cardiac surgery patients. The goal was to determine whether the CSNN program was effective ...