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Faith Community Nurses & Brown Bag Events Help Older Adults Manage Meds

Shillam, Casey R.; Orton, Valorie J.; Waring, Debbie; Madsen, Sandy

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182831eff
Feature: parish nursing / research: CE Connection

ABSTRACT Brown Bag Medication Review (BBMR) events, traditionally offered by pharmacists, improve medication management for older adults. This study incorporated faith community nurses (FCNs) in BBMR events, hypothesizing that support by the FCN during and following the event would reduce medication related problems and improve medication self-care practices of older adults. Results describe and support the role of FCNs in brown bag events.

Brown Bag Medication Review (BBMR) events, traditionally offered by pharmacists, improve medication safety and adherence. Incorporating faith community nurses in BBMR and follow up improves medication self-care in older adults.Supplemental digital content is available in the text.

Casey R. Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her clinical practice is in case management for assisted living residents and her research is in pain management for older adults.

Valorie J. Orton, MS, RN-BC, CNL, is an Instructor at Seattle Pacific University. Her teaching responsibilities include nursing leadership and transition into practice.

Debbie Waring, MSN, RN, is the former Director of Education at Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries. She is currently in the ThD program at HOLOS University Graduate Seminary.

Sandy Madsen, BSN, RN, is a Parish Nurse Coordinator for Tuality Healthcare, a community-based hospital, and Education Coordinator for Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries.

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Accepted by peer review 11/14/12.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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