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Nurse-driven protocols

Barto, Donna DNP, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000560104.63793.d9
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Abstract: Healthcare institutions that implement nurse-driven protocols can benefit from greater retention rates because of increased nursing staff job satisfaction. This article explores the positive outcomes associated with nurse-driven protocols and details how to plan, design, and implement a new protocol in a hospital setting.

Without nurse-driven protocols, nurses must contact a physician or NP for intervention orders. The sense of autonomy nurses derive from nurse-driven protocols can contribute to increased nursing job satisfaction and retention rates. This article outlines the step-by-step process of designing and implementing a new protocol in the hospital setting.

Donna Barto is a faculty member at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Laurel, N.J., and a member of the Nursing2019 Critical Care Editorial Board.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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