Encouraging Nurse Autonomy Through Skills Validation to Increase Dysphagia Screenings in Adults
AuthorHolmes, Kelly B.
KeywordResearch Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences::Nursing; Professional Practice Gaps; Aphasia; Competency Assessment; Nurse's Role; Yale swallow protocol; Deglutition Disorders
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Description/AbstractGlobally as well as in the United States, dysphagia is a prevalent problem (Abu-Snieneh & Saleh, 2018; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2020). Nurses primarily assess dysphagia risks and implement initial screenings as a means of secondary prevention pertaining to aspiration. There are multiple screening tools but limited data to create a standard protocol for nurse-led dysphagia screening leading to inconsistent screening, documentation, and screening techniques (Abu-Snieneh & Saleh, 2018; Dysphagia Screen - Patient Population, The Joint Commission, 2016). The purpose of this project was to determine if skills validation regarding the nurse-administered bedside swallow evaluation will help close practice gaps.
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