Event Title

Are Nurses the Key Factor in Saving Patients from a Crisis?

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

9-4-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

9-4-2012 2:30 PM

Student's Major

School of Nursing

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Diane Witt

Mentor's Department

School of Nursing

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

Purpose: The study purpose is to examine the benefits when an RN takes the vital signs which leads to an earlier recognition and interpretation of the patient’s condition, rather than delegating the task to a PCA (James et. al., 2010).

Background: PCAs are trained to take vital signs, but not to assess and interpret the data gathered (James et. al., 2010). There is evidence that shows that undetected patient deterioration can lead to a worsening condition.

Method: Two medical surgical floors at the same hospital will be used to study the difference between RNs and PCAs taking vital signs.

Data Collection/Analysis: Information gathered will be processed through a computer database, including close-ended questions to focus the research.

Hypothesis: When RNs take vital signs themselves, rather than delegating the task, there will be accelerated interpretation of the patient’s change in condition leading to better patient outcome.

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM Apr 9th, 2:30 PM

Are Nurses the Key Factor in Saving Patients from a Crisis?

CSU Ballroom

Purpose: The study purpose is to examine the benefits when an RN takes the vital signs which leads to an earlier recognition and interpretation of the patient’s condition, rather than delegating the task to a PCA (James et. al., 2010).

Background: PCAs are trained to take vital signs, but not to assess and interpret the data gathered (James et. al., 2010). There is evidence that shows that undetected patient deterioration can lead to a worsening condition.

Method: Two medical surgical floors at the same hospital will be used to study the difference between RNs and PCAs taking vital signs.

Data Collection/Analysis: Information gathered will be processed through a computer database, including close-ended questions to focus the research.

Hypothesis: When RNs take vital signs themselves, rather than delegating the task, there will be accelerated interpretation of the patient’s change in condition leading to better patient outcome.

Recommended Citation

Fisher, Emily; Kortney Schmitz; Michelle Brunn; and Jill Smith. "Are Nurses the Key Factor in Saving Patients from a Crisis?." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/poster-session-B/28