Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Sandra Cleveland

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Pattie Sunderhaus

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Danielle Sarik


Patient falls are a costly problem for many inpatient hospitals and are exacerbated by poor training of nursing and ancillary staff. The researcher sought to determine if there was a difference in inpatient falls and falls with injury after a hospital facility in the Southwestern United States revised its fall prevention policy, reorganized its fall prevention committee, and provided new interventions for nurses assessing patients for fall risk. In this quantitative, retrospective, comparative project, the researcher reviewed data from 2017–2020 related to the facility’s fall prevention program, including its new interventions and efforts to involve patients in their safety and care. The research facility provided information from forms that staff completed after each fall occurred. Results showed fewer falls overall after the fall prevention program was revised and new interventions were introduced. Findings also showed that changes to the fall prevention program did not make a difference in the number of inpatient falls if patients and staff did not comply with the interventions and precautions put in place.

Keywords: falls, inpatient falls, fall prevention, falls with injury

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