Poster Presentation

Friday, July 13, 2007
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Friday, July 13, 2007
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation III
Creating model clinical teaching unit to transform the care of acutely ill psychiatric/mental health patients
Judy-Lynn McGrath, BScN, MN and Rosanna DiNunzio, MSc. Schizophrenia Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada
Learning Objective #1: identify evidence based research that supports optimal skill mix and work schedules for service delivery and care for acutely ill mental health patients
Learning Objective #2: explore methods for evaluating specialized clinical services that support best clinical practice, and professional development

The purpose of this project is to develop a high performance multidisciplinary psychiatric intensive care team by developing a model clinical teaching unit based on evidence based research/best practice guidelines. Currently the 14 bed intensive care unit has a RN:RPN skill mix ratio of 3:2, working 12-hour tours using a modified Primary nursing model of service delivery. Using best practice research to support a proposal for an all-RN highly skilled staff to provide optimal care to patients in crisis. The results of the proposed changes include improved continuity of care and organizational commitment; better assessment and treatment of complex, acute care issues incorporating critical thinking skills; reduced length of stay; improved patient and staff safety; improved patient satisfaction and building the leadership capacity for RNs and advancing the level of accountability.
Baseline data such as satisfaction survey, LOS, restraint use was collected to measure outcomes.
This presentation will demonstrate process used to develop measure outcomes based on best practice standards.