National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale Certification Improved Assessment and Care of Veterans: A Quality Improvement Project
Baker, Joshua W.
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<p>This pilot project sought to fill the gap in practice that included a lack of early recognition, assessment skills and practice guidelines for the care of stroke patients, improving patient care and hand off communication. A team was formed at an 11-unit Veterans Health Administration facility. The team comprised various nursing disciplines whom were invited to discuss the current state of veteran care, and current evidence based practices of stroke recognition and care. Pre- and post- intervention tests were administered and data was collected to measure the assessment, recognition, and comfort level of registered nurses (RNs). Data revealed nine out of ten RNs showed an improvement in recognition and assessment skills, as well as comfort level when using the assessment tool. The project implies certification can positively affect the comfort level and assessment skills of nurses. The recommendation of the project leader is to expand the intervention to a wider discipline of nurses for improved care of veterans.</p>