Nursing

Iowa school to examine nurses’ impact on fall prevention

Nurse Leader Insider, September 7, 2007

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After being awarded a $300,000 grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an Iowa school will be studying the impact of nursing care on fall prevention, The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

As part of the two-year study, researchers at the University of Iowa will observe how nursing care processes affect patient outcomes in relation to injuries from falls in acute-care hospitals. The grant was part of RWJF's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which aims to understand through research how nurses can improve patient care.

More than 180 patient care units from about 45 hospitals in the country will be part of the study. A number of factors that may influence the prevalence of falls will be examined, such as the number of hours a nurse has worked, nurse interventions to prevent falls, and staffing statistics.

Source: The Iowa City Press-Citizen



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