Sample Nursing Paper on The Mobility of Patients in Hospitals

The Mobility of Patients in Hospitals

Low mobility and bed rest are common occurrences in hospitalization of patients (Gulanick& Myers, 2014). According to research studies that have been carried out in different hospitals, the elderly patients record the highest number of patients with reduced mobility. In addition, victims suffering from paralysis and leg problems also constitute a vast number of patients who lack the ability to walk and move. The rapid increase of patients with this disability has created great concerns on how the hospital can better manage the patients (Brown et al., 2004). Besides this, the nurses have found it a daunting and exasperating challenge in managing and treating the rising number of patients with reduced mobility.

Amid the increase of the elderly population, the study of baccalaureate has been eminently important in assisting the nurses with the knowledge on how to handle patients who lack mobility. Besides this, the rising number of chronic and acute illnesses that affect the victims’ mobility has sparked an interest on how best such cases can be properly managed (Brown et al., 2004). It is with this profound reason that I got enrolled with the baccalaureate program which has been of good assistance in honing my skills of being able to provide better care to the patients lacking mobility. This program has provided me with efficient knowledge on clinical judgment, communication and assessment skills. Furthermore, the baccalaureate program has enabled me to develop leadership skills that have so far assisted me to communicate effectively with patients whilst implementing patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.

My course project has also given me firsthand information on the current state of medical care being given to patients with immobility. However, having incorporated a tool chart that aims at improving mobility in hospitalized patients, there have been tremendous improvements. This tool chart provides simple instructions to patients whilst showcasing the progressive improvement of the patient after undertaking the exercises as described in the chart. This has given patients the opportunity to be in charge of their own health as their daily efforts result in progressive healing.

 

References

Brown, C. J., Friedkin, R. J., & Inouye, S. K. (2004). Prevalence and outcomes of low mobility in hospitalized older patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 52(8), 1263-1270.

Gulanick, M., & Myers, J. L. (2014).Nursing care plans: Diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Mosby.