Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Access

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Debbie Martinez

Second Advisor

Mike Bueno


Background: The American Nurses Association defined a fall in 2009 as an unplanned descent to the floor with or without injury to the patient (Anderson et al., 2008). In the United States alone, 700,000 and 1,000,000 falls occur in hospitals every year. Furthermore, approximately 30-35% of these falls result in injury and 11,000 falls result in death (Health Research & Educational Trust, 2016). Not only have falls caused emotional and physical harm, it can create an impact to the staff and organization. In 2012, fatal falls resulted in $616.5 million and non-fatal falls resulted in $30.3 billion in healthcare costs. These costs increased in 2015 to $637.7 million for fatal falls and $31.3 billion for non-fatal falls (Burns, Stevens, & Lee, 2016).

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