Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


School of Nursing



Date of Original Version



Fall prevention in health care settings, either acute care or long-term care, has been identified as an area of focus for quality improvement. The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have developed goals and recommendations for all areas of health care to follow to decrease falls and improve patient and resident quality of life. Direct care nurses are relied upon to provide the education and to assist in preventing falls, but often do not measure the retention of the information provided. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to provide education on the teach-back method to nurses working in a small, family owned long-term care facility. Benner’s skills acquisition theory and Kellogg’s Logic Model were used as the theoretical framework for developing the project and education. The aim was to increase knowledge and confidence using the teach-back method. An educational program was developed to provide education to the nurses. The education was followed by the opportunity to practice using the teach-back method in a role-playing scenario. Pre and post education tests were provided to determine if the education increased the nurses’ knowledge of the method. Thirty-three percent (N=10) of the nurses employed at the facility participated. Prior to the education, 40% (n=4) of the participants felt the teach-back method was not a practical method for teaching fall prevention strategies to the residents, as compared to 80% (n=8) in the post test. With a greater focus by regulatory agencies on fall prevention programs in long-term care settings, the advanced practice registered nurse can take on the role of leader in guiding nurses through the process of improving education and resident outcomes.

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