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Evidence-Based Best Practice For Transitions Of Care: A Policy Review On Medication Reconciliation Standards, Lovelyn Chizoba Ogbennah 2022 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Evidence-Based Best Practice For Transitions Of Care: A Policy Review On Medication Reconciliation Standards, Lovelyn Chizoba Ogbennah

Student Scholarly Projects

Practice Problem: Medication reconciliation (MR) is crucial in care transitions among healthcare facilities. Developing evidence-based discharge planning strategies, improving communication, optimizing electronic health record intelligence interoperability, and stakeholder engagement will promote a better transition process for patients and healthcare providers.

PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was: In an urban-based adult skilled nursing facility, how does an evidence-based structured review, and revision of current MR policy and procedures, compared to the existing MR policy, affect the clarity of the process for communication between clinicians during transitions of care over a 10-week review cycle?

Evidence: Fifteen …


Nursing Considerations For Elderly Adults With Urinary Tract Infections In Nursing Homes, Mary Marlett 2022 Duquesne University

Nursing Considerations For Elderly Adults With Urinary Tract Infections In Nursing Homes, Mary Marlett

D.U.Quark

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Promoting Sleep To Decrease Delirium, Stephanie Mayne 2022 University of Texas at Tyler

Promoting Sleep To Decrease Delirium, Stephanie Mayne

MSN Capstone Projects

Delirium is potent risk factor for complications, an increase length of stay, and mortality. Hospital acquired delirium is a prevalent and serious health condition that can occur in patients, especially the older adult population, when admitted to the hospital. It has the ability to be prevented if properly addressed and interventions are set in place to help reduce the occurrence of hospital acquired delirium. Many factors can contribute to the development of delirium, including a disruption of one’s circadian rhythm. Sleep is not always a high priority in the hospital, therefore there are little interventions and goals aimed at improving …


Addressing Obstacles In Following Prescribed Medication Regimens In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cristina Sarro 2022 University of the Incarnate Word

Addressing Obstacles In Following Prescribed Medication Regimens In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cristina Sarro

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Background. Type 2 diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Micro/macro vascular complications are common in diabetes. Purpose. To implement an evidence-based protocol addressing obstacles for patients with type 2 diabetes in following their prescribed medication regimens to reduce glycosylated hemoglobin levels. Evidence. Failure to follow treatment plans increases diabetes complications. Perceptions and complexities of treatment plans, side effects of therapies, and cost contribute to patients not taking their medications as prescribed. Goals. To increase the number of patients with type 2 diabetes who follow their prescribed medication regimen and reach their targeted glycosylated hemoglobin. …


The Lived Experience Of Losing Employment After Diagnosis With Dementia: A Phenomenological Analysis, Susan K. Blaine 2022 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Lived Experience Of Losing Employment After Diagnosis With Dementia: A Phenomenological Analysis, Susan K. Blaine

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was describing the experiences of people with dementia (PWD) who lose their employment after diagnosis with dementia, but sooner than originally planned. A phenomenological approach based on tenets of Maurice Merleau-Ponty was used. Six telephone interviews were conducted, with participants sharing their experiences. Transcripts were transcribed verbatim, and subsequently analyzed via a hermeneutical analysis approach. Themes were identified within and between transcripts, considering the contextual grounds of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology: body, others, time, and world, and the contextual ground of participants’ experience: the stigma of dementia. An overarching, central theme of “still working” was identified across …


Perceived Quality Of Senior Care In An Assisted Living Facility Following The Outbreak Of Covid-19, Kaylie Hill 2022 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Perceived Quality Of Senior Care In An Assisted Living Facility Following The Outbreak Of Covid-19, Kaylie Hill

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a monumental obstacle to the healthcare field in terms of severely reducing the number of healthcare workers. Among the many industries affected by staffing shortages are assisted living facilities (ALFs), in which residents are dependent on care staff for daily assistance. This study sought to investigate whether long-term residents of ALFs perceive a difference in the quality of their care under the circumstances of the pandemic as opposed to those of pre-pandemic times. Semi-structured interviews were facilitated with 10 long-term residents who have been residing in an Omaha ALF since prior to the outbreak of …


Factors Impacting Organ Transplant Outcomes, Katelyn Grubich 2022 Dominican University of California

Factors Impacting Organ Transplant Outcomes, Katelyn Grubich

Nursing | Senior Theses

Organ transplants are crucial to the survival of those on the receiving end. With medicine advancing, so has transplantation. Health care providers are becoming more aware of the strategies necessary to prolong the transplanted organ and how to obtain better outcomes. Heart, lungs, kidney, liver, pancreas, and some where more than one organ are involved, are the types of organ transplants performed.

Providing patients information will allow them to be a part of their treatment and can help to ease their anxiety knowing what is being performed and what can be expected. Health care providers must ensure that patients and …


Repositioning Patients To Prevent Pressure Ulcers, janeth covarrubias 2022 Kennesaw State University

Repositioning Patients To Prevent Pressure Ulcers, Janeth Covarrubias

Symposium of Student Scholars

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate whether alternating between the nurse and certified nurse aid (CNA) to reposition immobilized patient’s every two hours, as opposed to being repositioned solely by one person, will reduce pressure ulcer development.

Background: Nurses and CNAs work together to turn patient’s every 2 hours, but some patients have stated that they have not been turned all day; consequently, they’ve developed new pressure ulcers or are not healing from previous ones. Without interventions, patients are at risk for developing severe infections, lengthening their hospitalization, and increased pain levels.

Literature review: Like the registered …


Uncovering The Benefits Of Naturalistic Blue-Depleted Lighting In Hospitals: A Qualitative Study, Sam P. Cotton 2022 Kennesaw State University

Uncovering The Benefits Of Naturalistic Blue-Depleted Lighting In Hospitals: A Qualitative Study, Sam P. Cotton

Symposium of Student Scholars

With exponential technological advances, hospitals are tasked with prioritizing which expensive innovations truly impact as many patients as possible to give them the greatest chance of recovering and discharge them earlier. It is no surprise that most of the attention is focussed on pharmaceutical drugs and a variety of different equipment and machinery, but hospital facilities should look into simpler additions that can aid every patient admitted. The use of naturalistic blue-wavelength lighting is something that can benefit each patient’s recovery immensely. Multiple studies have proven positive effects that blue-depleted lighting compared to standard indoor fluorescent lighting has lowered stress …


Use Of Text Messaging For Type Two Diabetes Management In Patients Over Sixty-Five, Charles Head 2022 Roseman University of Health Sciences

Use Of Text Messaging For Type Two Diabetes Management In Patients Over Sixty-Five, Charles Head

Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner

Why is there a need for tight glucose control for diabetics sixty-five years old or older? Tight control of glucose which can be trended as a 90-day snapshot of blood sugar control is measured using HgA1C levels(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). HgA1c levels under six percent in diabetics have been shown to reduce diabetic complications that be detrimental to health(Krapek et al., 2004). Adults aged sixty-five years old or older are also at greater risk for the development of acute and chronic diseases that are a result of poor blood sugar management(Leung et al., 2018). Adherence to prescribed …


Physical Activity, Daily Step Counts And Functional Ability In Older Adults: Using Nhanes Database, Chunfang(Maggie) Chen 2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Physical Activity, Daily Step Counts And Functional Ability In Older Adults: Using Nhanes Database, Chunfang(Maggie) Chen

Doctoral Dissertations

Maintaining functional ability and independence are essential in the healthcare of older adults. Physical activity(PA) has been acknowledged as effective and economical health promotion strategies in older population. However, the amount of PA needed to maintain functional ability in older adults remains unclear. This investigation used PRISM Dose-response Curves Stimulation Variable slope model to explore the relationships between the amount of PA and functional ability in community-dwelling young-old, middle-old and old-old age group adults. ANOVA analysis was used to examine the relationship between functional ability and self-perceived active level changes compared to 10 years ago. NHANES 2005-2006 older participants datasets …


Toolkit For Screening Older Adults Desiring To Age In Place In Independent Living, Sister Raymond Marie Labonte 2022 Seton Hall University

Toolkit For Screening Older Adults Desiring To Age In Place In Independent Living, Sister Raymond Marie Labonte

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

The world is experiencing an increase in the aged population. This increase stimulated the popular theme of aging in place. Much time, effort and research have been channeled into exploring this model as an alternative to assisted living or skilled nursing settings for senior citizens worldwide. Elders desire to age in place. Current, recent, and decades old literature identifies this preferential option of the elderly and supports the need to develop plans and tools to assist elders to be able to successfully age in place. This quality assurance project is the venture to create both a congregate living community and …


Improving Hypertension Self Management In African American Men, Elizabeth C. Felix 2022 Abilene Christian University

Improving Hypertension Self Management In African American Men, Elizabeth C. Felix

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Hypertension is a cardiopulmonary condition linked to genetic, environmental, and social factors. Left untreated, it can lead to fatal conditions such as heart disease. In the United States, African Americans experience disproportionately high rates of hypertension, earlier onset of symptoms, greater severity, and higher related mortality rates. African Americans also statistically have more difficulty self-managing their hypertension than other demographics. The aim of this project was (a) to identify, define, and measure perceived barriers to self-management of hypertension among African American men and (b) to target these barriers and increase patient engagement through personalized intervention plans. The researcher recruited 24 …


Efficacy, Acceptance, And Feasibility Of Virtual Reality For Chronic Pain Relief In Older Adult Veterans Residing In Long Term Care, Valicia Philibert 2022 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Efficacy, Acceptance, And Feasibility Of Virtual Reality For Chronic Pain Relief In Older Adult Veterans Residing In Long Term Care, Valicia Philibert

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Older adults residing in Long-Term Care (LTC) have a high prevalence of chronic pain. Pain management strategies have primarily focused on pharmacological approaches, but with physiological changes associated with aging, this population is at an increased risk for adverse effects from prescribed medications. More research is needed on innovative non-pharmacological interventions in the LTC setting. This study examined the feasibility, acceptance, and preliminary efficacy of Virtual Reality (VR) for chronic pain among older adult veterans in LTC. In this quasi-experimental, 12 older adult participants living with chronic pain in a long-term care facility received two sessions of VR. Pain intensity …


Trends In Health Outcomes Before And After Long Term Care Federal Regulations Limited Antipsychotic Medication Use: A Secondary Data Analysis, Karen Robson 2022 Duquesne University

Trends In Health Outcomes Before And After Long Term Care Federal Regulations Limited Antipsychotic Medication Use: A Secondary Data Analysis, Karen Robson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Trends in resident falls did not significantly change, although trends in serious injury from falls declined ten years after regulations restricted antipsychotic medications in long-term care facilities. Trends in functional and continence status worsened after the regulations were implemented.


Improving Moisture Associated Skin Damage In A Veteran Unit, Beverly Chen 2022 University of San Francisco

Improving Moisture Associated Skin Damage In A Veteran Unit, Beverly Chen

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem: Moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) has always been a problem, regardless of the setting is an I.C.U., Med-Surg, or long-term care. Evidence suggests prevalence rates can range from 5.2% to 46%, depending on the facility. The highest rates of incontinence-associated damage (IAD) occurred in long-term acute settings (Kayser et al., 2019).

Context: The veterans of the Community Living Center (CLC) have an increased risk for skin breakdown. Currently, of the fifteen residents, six residents (40%) have MASD, two of which have chronic MASD (13%). MASD can be a common occurrence for adults with limited mobility or cognitive diseases. MASD may …


Development Of A Fall Prevention Bundle With Evidence-Based Tools For Hospitalized Adults, Kelly A. Tirone 2022 The University of San Francisco

Development Of A Fall Prevention Bundle With Evidence-Based Tools For Hospitalized Adults, Kelly A. Tirone

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem

One million hospitalized people fall annually in the United States, and up to a third are preventable.

Context

Data from an acute care hospital show one medical-surgical unit reported eight patient falls in 2021, two causing major harm that reached sentinel event criteria.

Interventions

A Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) leveraged the unique CNL skill set and characteristics of Human-Centered Leadership to engage in horizontal leadership, injury prevention, and team coordination through authentic human connection. The team leveraged documentation for improved fall risk communication. Unavoidable disruptions hindered other planned interventions.

Measures

Outcome measures observe for total fall count and the …


Caring For The Caregiver During Covid-19 Suspended Visitation, Melissa D. Rouse, Lorie K. Shoemaker, Priscilla Kyle, Chris Tenold, Whitney Anthony, Jordan White 2022 Northeast Georgia Health System

Caring For The Caregiver During Covid-19 Suspended Visitation, Melissa D. Rouse, Lorie K. Shoemaker, Priscilla Kyle, Chris Tenold, Whitney Anthony, Jordan White

Patient Experience Journal

During the 4th surge of COVID-19, August to November 2021, visitation was suspended in a hospital system in North Georgia. The Compassionate Connections Call Center (CCCC) was created to alleviate staff stress and to manage calls and communication. The goal of the initiative was to reduce interruptions to patient care caused by the increased number of calls to the clinical units by patients, families, loved ones and personal caregivers. The CCCC managed all incoming calls and communicated with the patient’s primary nurse through a coordinated process which limited interruptions. By caring for the caregiver, the aim was to improve the …


Educational Plan For Certified Nursing Assistants In Long-Term Care Facilities On Assessing Pain Of Residents With Dementia, Rachel Lynn Spoon 2022 LaSalle College

Educational Plan For Certified Nursing Assistants In Long-Term Care Facilities On Assessing Pain Of Residents With Dementia, Rachel Lynn Spoon

DNP Scholarly Projects

Certified nursing assistants employed in long-term care agencies may have little education on the assessment of pain experienced by residents with dementia. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Project was to develop an evidenced-based teaching plan for certified nursing assistants caring for residents with dementia in long-term care settings. The plan includes content on dementia, dementia symptoms, pain indicators, and pain assessment in residents with dementia, non-medicinal management strategies, and communication strategies for referring assessment findings to licensed practical and registered nurses. Supplemental PowerPoint™ slides were developed that match the teaching plan. The draft teaching plan was judged …


Addressing Anxiety In Hospitalized Adults Using A Music Intervention, Raina M. Rochon 2022 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Addressing Anxiety In Hospitalized Adults Using A Music Intervention, Raina M. Rochon

Student Scholarly Projects

Practice Problem: The practice problem is anxiety related to hospitalization among adults in an acute care setting. Increased anxiety can lead to other issues while hospitalized including disruptive behaviors.

PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was: In hospitalized medical-surgical adults (P), how does the implementation of a music intervention as an adjunct to standard distraction techniques (I) compared to standard care (C) affect symptoms of anxiety as observed by the rate of behavior de-escalation team calls (O) within eight weeks (T)?

Evidence: There were five systematic reviews, four systematic reviews with meta-analysis with high level of …


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