Graduate Publications and Other Selected Works - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Hospital acquired pressure ulcers have been associated with significant clinical issues including prolonged hospital length of stay, increased rates of local infection, sepsis and osteomyelitis (Otero et al., 2018). The purpose of this quality improvement project was to implement a pressure ulcer prevention champion/mentoring program and provide evidence-based education to the staff nurses related to the prevention of pressure ulcers with the aim of reducing hospital acquired pressure ulcers in the identified project nursing unit. Evidence-based practice models guided the development, planning, and implementation of the proposed project included the Iowa Model and the ARCC Model. The measurable aims that were developed for the project were: (a) increased nursing staff understanding of EBP practice, (b) establishment of unit evidence-based mentors to assist staff in using the nursing EBP protocol for hospital acquired pressure ulcers, and (c) decreased hospital acquired pressure ulcers on project unit.

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