The literature suggests that nurse and patient collaborative goal setting demonstrates better patient outcomes. The SMART goal evaluation method (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) is a strategy to develop effective and measureable goals.
The purpose of this educational project was to improve nurse collaborative goal-setting skills.
A pre- and postevaluation of an educational intervention was accomplished by patient interviews and observation for adherence to obtaining patient daily goals.
Results of nurse adherence in writing SMART collaborative goal setting increased from 11% preeducation to 63% posteducation. Patients' perceptions of feeling well informed by their nurses and physicians increased from 57% preeducation to 91% posteducation.
Nurses continued to need reminding to collaborate with their patients, but their goal writing skills greatly improved.
The results of this educational project demonstrated nurses' improved ability to cowrite collaborative patient goals which resulted in better informed patients.
1 Rehabilitation Unit, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, CA, USA
2 San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
Accepted 7 December 2014
Kathleen Revello, Rehabilitation Educator, Rehabilitation Unit, Grossmont Hospital, 5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA.