A nurse practitioner-led heart failure education program for certified nursing assistants in a long-term care facility

Jennifer Kim, Emerson Ea, Abby Luck Parish, Rona F. Levin

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Abstract

Approximately one quarter of all Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure (HF) are discharged to long-term care (LTC) for skilled nursing care, and, of those, 25% are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. We implemented a 3-month pilot quality improvement project using a pre-post design that included an educational intervention for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) conducted by a nurse practitioner (NP). The three aims of the project were to: (1) improve CNAs' knowledge of heart failure (HF) management strategies; (2) improve CNAs' reporting of acute changes in the condition of residents with HF; and (3) reduce rehospitalizations of the facility's skilled unit residents with HF. The percentage of HF resident 30-day hospital readmission rates fell 7.8% during the project's 3-month implementation period. The results of this project support future NP-led clinical education for CNAs working in this facility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume24
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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Nurse Practitioners
Long-Term Care
Nursing
Heart Failure
Education
Patient Readmission
Nursing Education
Nursing Care
Medicare
Quality Improvement

Keywords

  • Certified nursing assistant
  • CNA
  • Education
  • Heart failure
  • Nurse practitioner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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A nurse practitioner-led heart failure education program for certified nursing assistants in a long-term care facility. / Kim, Jennifer; Ea, Emerson; Parish, Abby Luck; Levin, Rona F.

In: Annals of Long-Term Care, Vol. 24, No. 5, 01.05.2016, p. 27-34.

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