Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

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Embargo Period

5-6-2014

Degree Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Track

Family Nurse Practioner

Year Degree Awarded

2014

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

safe patient handling, minimal lift equipment, injury, positive behaviors

Advisor Name

Regina

Advisor Last Name

Kowal

Capstone Chair First Name

Regina

Capstone Chair Last Name

Kowal

Capstone Member Name

Raeann

Leblanc

Capstone Outside Member Name

Susan

Fitzpatrick

Abstract

Nursing staff have a high risk of on the job injury from patient handling and movement. Safe Patient Handling and Movement programs help reduce injury through education and training to employees. Programs need to be evaluated regularly to determine if the goals are being met. When a program is not meeting its projected goals, modifications are needed to improve the program and its outcomes. The purpose of this project was to evaluate a continued safe patient handling program. The goals were to provide best evidence from research. Use best evidence to enhance the program. Promote positive behaviors from employees. Reduce healthcare workers injuries related to patient handling and movement. The objectives were to determine if modifications would decrease safe patient injuries. To promote safe patient handling and movement behaviors that is positive from employees. Increase employees comfort, knowledge, and use of minimal lift equipment during patient handling and movement. The outcomes of the program are successful in meeting the goals and objectives. Modifications to the program were introduced and injuries from patient handling decreased by 50% during the implementation period when compared to the post implementation period. Positive behaviors were witnessed and expressed from employees. Employees also expressed they felt they had increased knowledge of the minimal lift equipment and increased comfort with use of the minimal lift equipment.

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