A Quality Improvement Initiative to Redefine Nurse-Led Discharge Interventions in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) on All-Cause 30-Day Re-admission Rates Using the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Program
School of Nursing
Date of Degree
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN; Laura Hendricks-Jackson, DNP, NEA-BC, RN-BC
Re-Engineered Discharge (RED); Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
Background: The growing population of people over the age of 65 years with surmounting medical complexities resulting in hospital re-admissions poses significant challenges for the healthcare system. Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) has demonstrated interventions inclusive of nursing driven discharge planning to successfully decrease hospital readmissions in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF).
Purpose: This aim of this quality improvement initiative was to improve discharge efficiency by implementing a modified version of RED to evaluate the effect of centralizing nursing in education and discharge processes and influence on all-cause 30-day readmission rates.
Methods: A pre and post intervention design was utilized for patient chart review (N=93, pre n=47, post n=46) and nursing surveys. The Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale-Adult Learning Preference Assessment (SDLRS-A) and discharge surveys evaluated nurses’ (N=30) attitudes, beliefs of learning, and the discharge processes. RED education sessions were designed to improve clinical care, nursing documentation, and patient education.
Results: SDLRS-A scores indicated 87.3% nurses had high level of readiness to learn (n=24, M=235.17, SD=25.38). Mann-Whitney test showed statistical significance pre/post nurses survey median scores. All-cause 30-day readmissions were insignificant (p = .098). Chi square was significant (p = < .001) for follow-up appointments, post discharge calls, and nursing presence at multidisciplinary meetings. HCAPHS scores indicated substantial increase in nursing scores.
Conclusion: RED demonstrated centralizing nursing in patient education and discharge processes had a substantial impact on SNF patient outcomes and increased HCAPHS scores.
Recommendation: SNFs can utilize nurses to implement and sustain RED to influence readmissions and improve populations’ health outcomes for people over the age of 65 years.
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Panju-Merali, R. (2022). A Quality Improvement Initiative to Redefine Nurse-Led Discharge Interventions in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) on All-Cause 30-Day Re-admission Rates Using the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Program. , (). Retrieved from https://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/son_dnp/113
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