Functional status in older adults admitted to hospitals is a major predictor of outcomes. Functional decline, which is complex and multifactorial in cause is a common complication of hospital stays. Many factors contributing to functional decline are preventable and treatable by proper nursing. Advanced practice nurses have an important, multifaceted role to play in resolving this geriatric problem
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Preventing Negative Outcomes of Acute Illness in Adults| February 01 1998
Functional Decline in Hospitalized Elders: Preventive Nursing Measures
Jeanne St. Pierre, RN, MN, CS
From Outcomes Evaluation and Nursing Education, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1998) 9 (1): 109–118.
Jeanne St. Pierre; Functional Decline in Hospitalized Elders: Preventive Nursing Measures. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1998; 9 (1): 109–118. doi:
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