Leaping into Leadership: One Nurse's Journey to Improving Care of Older Adults

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308395
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Leaping into Leadership: One Nurse's Journey to Improving Care of Older Adults
Author(s):
Murphy, Therese D.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Therese D. Murphy, RN, BA, BSN, therese.murphy@presencehealth.org
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013, Sunday, November 17, 2013

Title:  Leaping into Leadership:  One Nurse’s Journey to Improving Care of Older Adults

The rising number of older adults admitted into an acute care setting has created a great need for increased education surrounding the special healthcare needs of the older adult population in relation to pain management.  As a Fellow in the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy, a new nurse leader accepted the challenges of improving comfort for older adults, learning strategies to effectively implement change in her organization and expanding her scope of influence within her community.  This nurse leader formed an inter-professional project team to improve comfort management in the older adult population.  The team, which also included an older adult community member, created a Comfort Menu that provided over 50 non-pharmacological alternatives for pain management.  Thirty nursing staff on one general medical unit were screened to assess their knowledge regarding pain in older adults.  The staff was then educated on the physiological differences in older adults, the importance of offering non-pharmacological comfort interventions and the Beers Criteria.  The next steps after implementation of the Comfort Menu will be to evaluate the knowledge level of the nurses and assess the effectiveness of interventions chosen from the Comfort Menu.

Throughout this journey, the nurse leader has developed expertise in older adult care, project management, presentation skill and overall self-confidence.  A heightened awareness about the need for improving care of older adults was developed as a direct result of the nurse leader’s efforts throughout the organization.   This new awareness sparked the need to form an inter-professional Geriatric Clinical Collaborative whose purpose is to improve care of older adults.  Geriatrics was made a strategic goal for this organization for 2013 along with the NICHE accreditation and the implementation of a 30-bed ACE unit.

Keywords:
Older Adults; Leadership; Pain Management
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This 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.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLeaping into Leadership: One Nurse's Journey to Improving Care of Older Adultsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Therese D.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen_GB
dc.author.detailsTherese D. Murphy, RN, BA, BSN, therese.murphy@presencehealth.orgen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308395-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013, Sunday, November 17, 2013</p><b>Title:  Leaping into Leadership:  One Nurse’s Journey to Improving Care of Older Adults</b><p>The rising number of older adults admitted into an acute care setting has created a great need for increased education surrounding the special healthcare needs of the older adult population in relation to pain management.  As a Fellow in the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy, a new nurse leader accepted the challenges of improving comfort for older adults, learning strategies to effectively implement change in her organization and expanding her scope of influence within her community.  This nurse leader formed an inter-professional project team to improve comfort management in the older adult population.  The team, which also included an older adult community member, created a Comfort Menu that provided over 50 non-pharmacological alternatives for pain management.  Thirty nursing staff on one general medical unit were screened to assess their knowledge regarding pain in older adults.  The staff was then educated on the physiological differences in older adults, the importance of offering non-pharmacological comfort interventions and the Beers Criteria.  The next steps after implementation of the Comfort Menu will be to evaluate the knowledge level of the nurses and assess the effectiveness of interventions chosen from the Comfort Menu. <p>Throughout this journey, the nurse leader has developed expertise in older adult care, project management, presentation skill and overall self-confidence.  A heightened awareness about the need for improving care of older adults was developed as a direct result of the nurse leader’s efforts throughout the organization.   This new awareness sparked the need to form an inter-professional Geriatric Clinical Collaborative whose purpose is to improve care of older adults.  Geriatrics was made a strategic goal for this organization for 2013 along with the NICHE accreditation and the implementation of a 30-bed ACE unit.en_GB
dc.subjectOlder Adultsen_GB
dc.subjectLeadershipen_GB
dc.subjectPain Managementen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:30:46Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:30:46Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_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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