Date of Graduation

Summer 8-9-2019

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Carlee Balzaretti

Second Advisor

Jose Dy Bunpin

Abstract

A delay in discharge is a delay in patient care. The complexity of hospital discharge can be challenging and time-consuming in poorly coordinated discharge planning. Generally, older adults and those patients with chronic medical conditions are often met with challenges for after-care services and require more attention to discharge. Variations in discharge practice often resulted in hours, sometimes days in discharge delays with implications to cost, reduced patient satisfaction and outcomes. A well-structured team communication during rounding and bedside shift handoff has the potential to decrease discharge delays advertently increasing patient satisfaction and quality outcomes of care.

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