Date of Award


Document Type

Evidence Based Nursing Education Project

Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Mary Hagle

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Nursing--Safety measures


Purpose: Review literature and evaluate strategies that may be effective alternatives to sitters in healthcare settings. Design: Integrative literature review and synthesis. Methods: Comprehensive research review exploring alternatives to the use of sitters in health care facilities. Findings: Alternatives include meaningful engagement, staff education, safe environments and equipment e.g. video monitoring or alarms. Conclusion: Sitter use is not cost effective and does not provide freedom from injury for patients in healthcare facilities. Challenging nurses to institute more effective ways of keeping vulnerable patients safe and generating additional evidence about alternatives to sitters is needed. Relevance to Nursing: Evaluation of current practice to ensure nurses are providing evidence based care to patients and their families.


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