Year of Publication

2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Karen Stefaniak

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Marianne Weiss

Committee Member

Dr. Marianne Weiss

Committee Member

Dr. Dorothy Brockopp

Abstract

The diagnosis of stroke is very prevalent in healthcare and it is estimated that someone in the United States suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds (Lloyd-Jones et al., 2009). In order to optimally prepare these patients for discharge and improve patient outcomes, it is important to understand the needs of the patient and caregiver and to meet these needs. In order to evaluate this, the focus of this project was to evaluate the discharge readiness of patients at a primary stroke center. “Discharge Needs of the Stroke Patient and Caregiver” focuses on a review of the literature in order to determine the needs of stroke patients and caregivers as well as to identify interventions currently in place to meet these needs. “Maneuvering Through the DNP Capstone Process of Evaluating Discharge Readiness at a Primary Stroke Center” then discusses the capstone process. The journey of completing the capstone project was a challenging one and the manuscript outlines this process and provides guidance for the overcoming barriers that may present themselves. “Evaluating Discharge Readiness of Patients at a Primary Stroke Center” describes the pilot study completed in order to understand the discharge readiness of patients by examining the perceptions of readiness by both the patients and the healthcare team.

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