Nursing Students as Change Agents: Experiences in Improving Care for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304472
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Nursing Students as Change Agents: Experiences in Improving Care for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities
Author(s):
Friese, Tanya R.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Gamma Phi
Author Details:
Tanya R. Friese, RN, BS, BSN, MSN, tanya_r_friese@rush.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013

Purpose: In nursing education we strive to educate students to be change agents in the healthcare system. We prepars students to meet the competencies of clinical nurse leaders. In 2002, the Surgeon General issued Closing the Gapto improve the health of persons withIDD. Individuals with the diagnosis of mental retardation, are a population with high levels of health care needs . They represent an st important k group of hopatients. When hospitalized they face fear, they are  58% more likely to experience hospital adverse events than other patients . Programs to improve their care are needed.

Methods: An interdisciplinary committee at our medical center developed programs to improve healthcare outcomes of individuals with IDD. These programs include development of nursing care plans specific to this group,  enhanced staff education and development of a Special Needs Buddies program that pairs interprofessional staff students as buddies with patients with IDD.  Nursing students are involved in developing the nursing care plans, staff training and ongoing program evaluation organized by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Detntistry. The efforts have developed in a way that one group of students furthers the work of previous students.

Results: Formal evaluation of patient outcomes has not yet been done. Staff participating in educational programs, however, indicate that the programs have enhanced their understanding of and ability to communicate with and effectively serve these patients.The Special Needs Buddies have made visits as volunteers to approximately 40 patients with intellectual disabilities. Family members, patients and staff  express satisfaction with the programs.

Conclusion: The involvement of graduate entry nursing students in developing a series of programs aimed at improving care for patients with intellectual disabilities provides real-life lessons on how nursing students can be involved as change agents in improving hospital care for an at-risk group.

Keywords:
Collaborative Intraprofessional Learning; \Nursing Students; Individuals with Special Needs
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNursing Students as Change Agents: Experiences in Improving Care for Patients with Intellectual Disabilitiesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFriese, Tanya R.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentGamma Phien_GB
dc.author.detailsTanya R. Friese, RN, BS, BSN, MSN, tanya_r_friese@rush.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304472-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>In nursing education we strive to educate students to be change agents in the healthcare system. We prepars students to meet the competencies of clinical nurse leaders. In 2002, the Surgeon General issued Closing the Gapto improve the health of persons withIDD. Individuals with the diagnosis of mental retardation, are a population with high levels of health care needs . They represent an st important k group of hopatients. When hospitalized they face fear, they are  58% more likely to experience hospital adverse events than other patients . Programs to improve their care are needed. <p><b>Methods: </b>An interdisciplinary committee at our medical center developed programs to improve healthcare outcomes of individuals with IDD. These programs include development of nursing care plans specific to this group,  enhanced staff education and development of a Special Needs Buddies program that pairs interprofessional staff students as buddies with patients with IDD.  Nursing students are involved in developing the nursing care plans, staff training and ongoing program evaluation organized by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Detntistry. The efforts have developed in a way that one group of students furthers the work of previous students. <p><b>Results: </b>Formal evaluation of patient outcomes has not yet been done. Staff participating in educational programs, however, indicate that the programs have enhanced their understanding of and ability to communicate with and effectively serve these patients.The Special Needs Buddies have made visits as volunteers to approximately 40 patients with intellectual disabilities. Family members, patients and staff  express satisfaction with the programs. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The involvement of graduate entry nursing students in developing a series of programs aimed at improving care for patients with intellectual disabilities provides real-life lessons on how nursing students can be involved as change agents in improving hospital care for an at-risk group.en_GB
dc.subjectCollaborative Intraprofessional Learningen_GB
dc.subject\Nursing Studentsen_GB
dc.subjectIndividuals with Special Needsen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:36:41Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:36:41Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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