Date of Award

Fall 2022

Project Type

Thesis

College or School

CHHS

Department

Nursing

Program or Major

Nursing

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Pamela Kallmerten

Abstract

This quality improvement project aimed to address the use of patient repositioning reminders on a surgical unit. Research supported that by getting staff input on potential improvements they would be viewed as more useful by the staff. A pre-intervention survey was distributed to 70 staff members with 22 responses. From this it was identified that turn reminders were ‘Sometimes’ used by staff (mean=3.18) and the goal was to increase the mean response to a 4 meaning reminders were ‘Almost Always’ used. Staff were given the opportunity to recommend changes to the visual reminders and that feedback was taken and themes were identified. Based on feedback, high visibility turn reminders were developed and implemented on the unit. Post-intervention surveys were distributed to the same 70 staff members with 17 responses. It was found that the use of turn reminders increased to ‘Almost Always’ (mean=4). This project supports the implementation of high visibility turn reminders and emphasizes the importance of incorporating staff feedback into interventions at the point of care.

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