Sister Emmanuel Hospital, United States
Beverlin Allen is the chief nursing officer of Sister Emmanuel Hospital, Miami, FL. She is a graduate of Florida International University, Miami, FL, where She received her PhD in Nursing in 2010. Her educational accomplishments also include a Master of Science degree in Nursing in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1991. She also attended the University of the West Indies, Jamaica where She received a Certificate in Obstetric Nursing in 1980, and the Kingston School of Nursing, Jamaica where She received a Certificate in Nursing in 1975. She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, National League of Nurses, Florida Nurses Association, Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, Jamaica Nurses Association of Florida (past president), and Kiwanis Club of Kendal and South Dade. She is actively involved in the community as member of several boards, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Applied Technology Health Science Education Advisory Committee, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and Florida International School of Nursing. She is the recipient of numerous nursing excellence awards including: Miami Dade College Hall of Fame Award, 2010; Florida Nurses Foundation, Research Grant Recipient 2009; South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, Leadership Award, 2009; Florida International University Outstanding Alumni Award, 2002; Nightingale Nursing Excellency Award, 2002.
The burden of pressure ulcers will intensify because of a rapidly increasingelderly population. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of a comprehensive,interdisciplinary nutritional protocol on pressure ulcer woundhealing, length of hospital stays, and charges for pressure ulcer management. The pre/post quasi-experimental design study comprised of 100 patients (50patients in each group) 60 years or older with pressure ulcer. Research questionswere analyzed using descriptive statistics, frequencies, chi-square tests,and t tests. Study findings indicate that the intervention was effective in improvingpressure ulcer wound healing, decreasing both hospital length of stay (LOS)for treatment of pressure ulcer and total hospital LOS, while showing no significantadditional charges for treatment of pressure ulcers. The older adults are atthe highest risk of developing pressure ulcers that result in prolonged hospitalization,high health care costs, increased mortality, and decreased quality of life.
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