Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

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5-10-2017

Degree Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Track

Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Year Degree Awarded

2017

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

mobility, exercise, Get Up and Go, rehabilitation, function, older adults

Advisor

Raeann G LeBlanc

DNP Project Chair

Raeann G LeBlanc

DNP Project Member Name

Elizabeth A Henneman

DNP Project Outside Member Name

Donna Feinstein

Abstract

Purpose: This Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholarly quality improvement project focused on implementing a Get Up and Go exercise program to increase mobility in an acute 80 bed rehabilitation facility. The goal of increased exercise was for patients to return to their pre-hospital level of function. Methods: This quality improvement projects’ purpose was aimed at increasing mobility to three times a day in patients over the age of 65. Caregivers were educated on the exercise Get Up and Go, along with the documentation of the increased mobility in the electronic medical record. The DNP Project took place over four months. Results: The outcome of this DNP Project was the recognition by staff (including physical therapists) of the importance of their role in getting patients out of bed. The outcomes measured included how often patients participated in getting out of bed on a daily basis. Conclusion: This DNP project’s original goal was to have patients return to pre-hospital function status. This goal was not met due to the project changing goals as the actual implementation unfolded. The final goal that was achieved became educating staff on the importance of increased mobility. Overall participation towards this goal increased.

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