Pilot testing of the function focused care intervention on an acute care trauma unit

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The purpose of this pilot study was to test the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of Function Focused Care for Acute Care (FFC-AC) on acute care trauma nurses. A single group pre/post repeated measure design was used with measurements completed at baseline, 3 and 9 months post implementation of the intervention. FFC-AC was implemented by a function focused care nurse champion and includes 3 components: (I) Environmental and Policy Assessments; (II) Education; and (III) Mentoring and Motivating. The nurses were willing to participate in the study and attend educational sessions. There was evidence that exposure to FFC-AC strengthened beliefs in the benefits of providing this type of care increased the amount of function focused care that nurses provided to patients.

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