Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Joseph Burkard, DNSc, CRNA
Background: Over 50 years of literature support the nursing “golden rule” that discharge teaching begins upon admission. Parents’ poor understanding of pediatric post-operative instructions following outpatient day surgery can put their child at risk for some preventable complications after arriving home.
Purpose: To improve parents’ understanding of discharge education using earlier initiation of post-operative teaching to best meet the needs of adult learners caring for a child under age 18 after surgery.
Process Used: Parents were educated using four cardinal strategies: early initiation of instructions, reinforcement of key points throughout the length of stay, optimal timing in a distraction-free environment, and the use of 24-hour follow-up phone calls by staff.
Outcomes & Practice Implications: This project demonstrated an improvement in parents’ satisfaction with discharge teaching without increasing the length of stay.
Digital USD Citation
Boulder, Kate DNP Candidate, CCRN and Burkard, Joseph DNSc, CRNA, "Timing is Everything: Discharge Teaching to Parents in Pediatric Outpatient Surgery" (2017). Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts. 59.
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