Date of Graduation

Fall 12-18-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Danijela Pavlic

Abstract

Objective: The clinical nurse leader project was to incorporate a reminder system to improve influenza compliance as the large metropolitan hospital is undergoing a decrease in the compliance of screening hospitalized at discharge. Improving the influenza compliance using a reminder system will assist healthcare professionals in implementing a structured screening process, administration of the vaccine, reminders of the importance of vaccination, and provide a standard for the healthcare team to follow. Methods: Create a reminder poster for medical-surgical units to remind nursing staff about influenza season and to vaccinate patients. Nursing rounds were incorporated to remind and educate nurses that a screening tool and vaccinations were available. Lastly, literature and evidence based practice analyses was collected for recommendations to improve processes. Expected Outcomes: To increase the screening and administration compliance; improve reminders in the electronic medical record for screening; maintain ongoing performance review to assess compliance; continuous education during the influenza season using the screening tool; and implement literature review recommendations. Conclusion: The reminder system will serve as start to incorporate new measures or improvements for the hospital in an effort to improve the compliance of remembering to vaccinate patients at discharged; and to improve outcomes in the hospital, but also to the public, so patients are less likely to get readmitted.

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