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Resource Nurse Program: A Nurse-Initiated, Evidence-Based Program to Eliminate Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

Beinlich, Nancy; Meehan, Anita

Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing: March/April 2014 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 136–141
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000001
Professional Practice

This article describes the process used to establish a systemwide, sustainable team of staff nurses to serve as unit-based resource nurses charged with aiding colleagues in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers. A multidisciplinary program was developed to address barriers in preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, including incomplete knowledge of causative factors, confusion in determining wound etiology, incorrect staging, inaccurate Braden Scale scoring, and inconsistent application of evidence-supported prevention interventions. The Resource Nurse Program was initiated in a community-based 511-bed, acute care teaching hospital located in the Midwestern United States.

Nancy Beinlich, MSN, RN, CWON, Director, Wound Center, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio.

Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, CNS, ONC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio.

Correspondence: Nancy Beinlich, MSN, RN, CWON, Akron General Medical Center, 400 Wabash Ave, Akron, OH 44307 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.