Nursing Currents: A Model for Improving Pressure Ulcer and Nutritional Outcomes in the Adult Inpatient Population

Program Date: February 2012
Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hour

Course Description:

This article focuses on Ascension Health’s initiatives in preventing pressure ulcers and on St. John Providence Health System’s additional steps to improve nutrition.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the prevalence of pressure ulcers in hospitalized adult patients.
  • Identify the benefits of early nutritional assessment and intervention in adult hospitalized patients with/or at risk of pressure ulcers.
  • Describe the S.K.I.N. ® bundle and benefits of its use.
  • Media Format(s): Print (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Deborah A. Rapp, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC

Director of Clinical Excellence with Ascension Health

Debbie Rapp is a director of clinical excellence with Ascension Health. Ms. Rapp is directly responsible for implementation, spread, and sustainability of patient safety initiatives across the system in partnership with leaders in the Health Ministries. She regularly collaborates with risk management to spread clinical safety standards based on identified safety issues.

Vicki Boyce, RN, MSN, AHN-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist for Patient Care Services with St. John Providence Health System

Vicki Boyce is the clinical nurse specialist for Patient Care Services at a 700-bed teaching hospital, where her role is to provide clinical consultation and education, advance nursing practice, and improve quality of patient care as the hospital continues its journey toward holistic nursing.

Nisha Jain, RD

Clinical Nutrition Manager with Sodexo

Nisha Jain has been a clinical nutrition manager with Sodexo for more than 20 years. As a system clinical nutrition manager at St. John Providence Health System, she is responsible for the nutrition programs for a 7-hospital system. Innovation is her strength and passion.


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