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Early patient mobility

By: Kali Dayton, DNP, AGACNP; Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES; Margaret Arnold, PT, CEES, CSPHP; and Katrina Locke, PT

Nurses have carried the world through a pandemic and continue to experience the stressors of a staffing crisis and an overburdened healthcare system. Ongoing practices that increase patients’ complications, lengths of stay, readmissions, and safety risks add to nurses’ overall workload. However, evidence-based, safe mobility practices can help us work smarter, not harder.

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