Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Beaman, Margaret

Second Advisor

Dodd-Butera, Teresa

Third Advisor

Robinson, Ora, and Stoner, Marilyn Smith

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to conduct a secondary analysis of data from an Elderly Inpatient Mobility Program pilot tested in a 545 bed hospital. Mobility and ambulation are essential functions that help people maintain their health. They are especially important for the elderly whose functions may be compromised by age related changes of decreased muscle strength and elasticity, bone fragility, ligaments deterioration, decreased endurance, and acquired chronic conditions.

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