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Students in the Master of Science in Nursing program pursue tracks in either nursing administration or education while also building an evergreen foundation of core skills applicable to a range of health care settings. Work-based projects provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills in real time and enable students to drive improvements in their work environments during – as opposed to after – the program.

  • 2017
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Enhancing Staff Nurse Retention by 100% in Neuroscience Unit

Author: Marawiya Julkiply
Abstract:

Enhancing nurse retention is critical in healthcare and every nursing organization. There is justifiable evidence that supports the reference that nurse turnover is costly, and there is the obvious effect linked with turnover, such as the costs of advertising, recruiting, retraining of new staff, and dependence on expensive agency and traveling nurses, also the hidden costs of lost produgtivity and organizational knowledge. The retention of experienced nurses would help to alleviate the shortage, promote the transfer of knowledge, and provide better quality of care to patients. Programs that address the retention of experienced nurses, need to recognize when to implement measures to decrease the nursing shortage, and should address the outcome on the quality of care. Nurse executives and leaders working in healthcare could also impact the nursing shortage by promoting and supporting interventions, such as unit level nursing practice models, teamwork culture, social networking, and mentoring all of which helps increase job satisfaction and retention. Management teaching and coaching helps promote the retention of staff directly associated with actual staff turnover. Clinical nurses need to participate in similar programs that engage in the organization to help increase retention. A clinical ladder program can foster professional growth and skill development, recognize clinical excellence, promote quality of care, provide monetary compensation for advancement, encourage personal responsibility for individual career development, involvement by more nurses in the unit and or hospital activities, improve staff satisfaction, and decreases turnover.

  • 2017
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Factors Associated with Falls in Hospitalized Patients

Author: Michele Allen
Abstract:

Injurious falls are the most commonly reported patient safety incidents in hospitals and are among the top 10 sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission (Joint Commission, 2009).  Injuries resulting from falls can lengthen the hospital stay and add additional costs to both client and facility. Up to 1-in-10 in-hospital falls results in injury or death (Joint Commission, 2009). Experts agree that programs personalized to individual patients’ risks of falling are most effective, but very few hospitals have initiated such programs (Eldridge, 2007). Decreasing inpatient falls and fall-related injuries are still a problem at the bedside, and further analysis geared toward understanding this phenomenon to prevent and reduce falls.
The purpose of this non-experimental descriptive correlational proposal will be to identify and analyze factors contributing to patient falls. A collective analysis of data will be gathered on patients who fell while hospitalized at a military treatment facility from October 2015 through April 2016. The statistics will be obtained from the nursing documentation, patient safety risks, post-fall documentation, and questionnaires.