Date of Graduation

Fall 5-17-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Lemos



Early ambulation during hospitalization has been recognized as a fundamental and logical intervention to reduce patients functional decline and muscle weakness. Recently, our healthcare system is encouraging nurses to become more actively involved in assessing patient’s mobility status and managing their mobilization. However, since the high nursing workload affects the time that a nurse can assign per task, more often than not they have little time to accurately assess patient’s mobility status; Presenting a safety concern for nurses and patients. In an effort to ease this challenge, the Patient Mobility Assessment Tool (PMAT) is introduced as an efficient nurse-driven tool. PMAT is a simple assessment that assists nurses to quickly assess and determine patient’s mobility status and the recommended assistive equipment.

The purpose of this multimodal pilot program was to educate nurses, implement the tool and evaluate the effect of PMAT on various inpatient units succeeding the pilot’s extended progress. Throughout the microsystems, nursing staff manages different mobility levels based on the patient’s medical diagnosis. This paper specifically highlights the educational component given to nurses, referred to as Just In-Time Training (JITT). This training provides an opportunity for nursing staff to run-through PMAT, identify the patients PMAT level and equipment corresponding to that level, as well as clarifying any questions or suggesting recommendations.

Keywords: PMAT, SPHM, JITT, peer leadership approach