Reducing Rehospitalizations in Skilled Nursing Facilities Increases the Quality of Care Residents Receive and Decreases Unnecessary Health Care Cost

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Reducing Rehospitalizations in Skilled Nursing Facilities Increases the Quality of Care Residents Receive and Decreases Unnecessary Health Care Cost Nurses have the power to increase positive patient outcomes by implementing changes in their practice based on the evidence found in the nursing literature. Utilizing evidence-based practice (EBP) increases nurses job satisfaction, increases communication across the interdisciplinary team, enables nurses to provide their patients with high-quality care and decreases health care cost. The purpose of this paper is to describe why readmissions from nursing homes (NHs) is a nurse practice problem, nurse practice changes to reduce hospitalizations in NHs, evidence found in the nursing literature…show more content…
Facilitating evidence to achieve excellence Stallings-Welden & Shirey (2015) note nurses utilize PPMs to support how they apply EBP into their practice, coordinate patient care, communicate with the interprofessional team in healthcare settings, and develop their practice professionally (p. 200). According to Stallings-Welden & Shirey, PPMs increase registered nurse (RN) job satisfaction, improved RN to RN communication as well as RN to physician interaction, and improved patients’ satisfaction as well as increased their positive outcomes (p. 204). Applying PPMs to the nursing practice supports a culture of change supported by evidence of best practices to keep residents safe while providing high-quality care. Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) is a professional practice model (PPM) that nurses can implement in NHs to identify and evaluate resident's change in condition early, manage changes in resident's condition in NHs without transferring them to the hospital, recognize and use palliative or hospice care when appropriate, and improving communication with the interprofessional team of NHs as well as the communication between NHs and hospitals(Ouslander & Berenson, 2011, p. 3). Since a high number of NHs lack the infrastructure to adequately identify and manage residents changes in conditions implementing a PPM such as INTERACT give the NHs a set of tools and

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