We all know that getting patients up and out of bed is vital for lots of reasons, but this can be challenging on a busy unit when patients need extra help or equipment to safely mobilize and staff is short on time.
Try organizing mobility teams, where a physical therapist (PT) or PT assistant and a unit nurse go from room to room to get patients up and out of bed, to the bathroom, or for a walk down the hall if they are able. The “mobility” nurse rotates with other nurses on the unit each shift. When not on the mobility team, the unit nurses handle the mobility nurse’s duties so that nurse can focus on getting patients up and moving.
Not only can this efficient approach help get more patients up and of out bed consistently, working with physical therapy staff can help nursing staff (especially new nurses!) feel more confident transferring and ambulating with patients. A win-win for sure!