Title

Improving vital signs documentation by implementing aide post conferences and simulation education

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Dina Byers

Second Project Mentor & Advisor(s)

mhobbs4@murraystate.edu

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to research the most effective ways to facilitate improvement in timely communication of vital signs.

Background: The rate of healthcare assistant (HCA) or nurse’s aide turnover is a wide-spread issue causing nursing staff to have to compensate while new HCAs attain the experience to function efficiently on the floor (Weiner et al. as cited in Howe, 2014). HCAs are frequently the personnel who gather vital signs which nurses use to assess the status of patients. In order for nurses to make accurate assessments of patients, vital signs must be accurately recorded and on-time, and if a vital sign is critical HCAs must be able to interpret the need to notify the nurse immediately. Currently, research does not support that new HCAs have the training to do these things (Mok, Wang, & Liaw, 2015).

Methods: A search was made among Ebsco, Google Scholar, Medline, Pubmed, and CinHal for the most recent research and studies on education in nursing aides and vital signs reporting.

Results: Post conferences and scenario training as well as virtual and mannequin based simulation were effective in improving HCA education and reporting issues to nurses

Conclusions: Improvements can be made to HCA vital signs reporting and efficiency by incorporating scenario and simulation

Location

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

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Improving vital signs documentation by implementing aide post conferences and simulation education

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to research the most effective ways to facilitate improvement in timely communication of vital signs.

Background: The rate of healthcare assistant (HCA) or nurse’s aide turnover is a wide-spread issue causing nursing staff to have to compensate while new HCAs attain the experience to function efficiently on the floor (Weiner et al. as cited in Howe, 2014). HCAs are frequently the personnel who gather vital signs which nurses use to assess the status of patients. In order for nurses to make accurate assessments of patients, vital signs must be accurately recorded and on-time, and if a vital sign is critical HCAs must be able to interpret the need to notify the nurse immediately. Currently, research does not support that new HCAs have the training to do these things (Mok, Wang, & Liaw, 2015).

Methods: A search was made among Ebsco, Google Scholar, Medline, Pubmed, and CinHal for the most recent research and studies on education in nursing aides and vital signs reporting.

Results: Post conferences and scenario training as well as virtual and mannequin based simulation were effective in improving HCA education and reporting issues to nurses

Conclusions: Improvements can be made to HCA vital signs reporting and efficiency by incorporating scenario and simulation