Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


A baseline prevalence study on Hendrich II Fall Risk Assessment Tool was conducted per the request of the fall committee of a community hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hendrich II assessments were completed on 106 patients (n = 106) between September 2017 and November 2017. In addition, assessments by registered nurses on those same patients were obtained via retrospective chart review. Analysis via two-sample Z-test revealed students and nurses scored the dizziness/vertigo part of Hendrich II differently (p = 5.51-10). Similarly, students and nurses scored the Get-Up-And-Go part differently as well (p = 0.05). A literature review of other fall risk assessment tools was also conducted to identify alternatives to Hendrich II. No alternative can be recommended because results on sensitivity & specificity for any given tool are mixed. If an alternative is desired, it must be quicker to complete than Hendrich II. Otherwise, nurses may not be inclined to complete parts such as dizziness/vertigo and Get-Up-And-Go accurately because of the excess time they take away from higher priority tasks.