Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Carla Martin


A quality improvement project “Developing Ostomy Educational Tools To Decrease Hospital Length Of Stay” is aimed at reducing length of stay (LOS) for patients undergoing elective ostomy surgery from the current twelve days (Kirkland-Kyhn, 2017), to less than five days. Methods included use of a Pre-Ostomy Survey, which was distributed and completed by the nursing staff. Pre-survey analysis identified the need for three ostomy educational tools which were developed using a set of evidenced based patient care “milestones” and included: a Colostomy and Ileostomy Nursing Resource Binder, Patient Milestone Checklist, and the R.N. Postoperative Process For Ostomy Patients. The evidenced based tools will enable the nurses to partner with patients in addressing the psychosocial and educational needs related to ostomy acceptance and management. The timeline for this project is pending administrative review and approval. On approval, the project begins with three months of staff education regarding purpose and use of ostomy educational tools followed by six-months of implementation. When complete, an analysis will be done to evaluate the impact of these tools on reduction of length of stay, as well as nurse and patient satisfaction with the process.

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Nursing Commons