Tips from TSE: Use role-playing activities to reduce patient falls

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 3, 2009

After identifying an increase in patient falls, Debbie Durant, RN, BSN, director of the medical surgical unit at North Adams (MA) Regional Hospital, and Peg Daly, RN, BS, education specialist, joined forces to develop an evidence-based initiative to:

Daly and Durant will offer training to staff nurses regarding changes in the frequency and types of assessment for falls, additional interventions, and changes in documentation will need to be explained. In addition to the didactic material, nurses will participate in role playing activities. Life-size puppets will be used for the role playing activity while the participants use the new tools to complete the falls risk assessment. After completing the assessment, they will choose relevant interventions based on the score.

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from the April issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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