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Magnet Multisite Study:
Call for Expressions of Interest

READI: Readiness Evaluation & Discharge Interventions
ANCC invites Magnet® organizations to submit expressions of interest to participate in a 3-year multisite research study beginning in 2014. This quasi-experimental study will test the implementation of discharge readiness assessment as a standard nursing practice on readmission and emergency department utilization. The study was selected based on a competitive request for proposals.

Study Aims

  • Test the impact of unit-based implementation of discharge readiness assessment on readmission and emergency department use.

  • Determine cost-benefit of implementation, comparing cost savings from reduced post-discharge utilization against implementation costs.

Organizations may want to participate if they are:
Acute care hospitals with adult medical-surgical units interested in improving the discharge process; and willing to commit to a 3-year research project, and integrate discharge readiness assessment into standard patient care.

Organizational commitment involves:

  • Including 2 hospital units in the study, 1 control and 1 implementation unit.

  • Assigning an RN as study coordinator for approximately 0.2 FTE for 24-27 months.

  • Training all nurses on the implementation unit in study procedures.

Benefits of Participating:

  • Meet Magnet requirements for research

  • Potential to reduce patient readmissions

  • Quantify value of nurses to organizational outcomes, including cost-benefit

  • Participate in a research project of national scope and significance

  • Expose staff to the conduct of research and a research network

  • Replicate on other hospital units after study completion

  • Receive at study's completion:

    • Your own hospital-specific results
    • License for continuing use of study instruments

Marquette University and University of Maryland research team
Marianne Weiss, Principal Investigator

Advisory Panels:
ANCC Research Council
Participating CNO Advisory Board

Fee to Participate:
$8,000 per year for 3 years