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December 8, 2021 – In Step with Our Patient: Our Continued Quest to Keep Patients Active and Safe

Presented live December 8th, 2021 2 pm – 3 pm Eastern


Hospitalized patients admitted to non-ICU settings are at risk for hospital-acquired physical impairments affecting their activities of daily living. Evidence suggests that applying structured quality improvement strategies help improve patient mobility scores and make a difference in patient length of stay, re-admission, transfers to ECFs, falls and overall decline in mobility when patients are discharged home. The presenters will discuss a quality improvement project designed to establish a culture of mobility and improve the monthly percentage of patients discharged from an in-patient unit to extended care facilities, the average change of 6-clicks score at discharge and fall rate. The change strategies that were used include: team driven practice standardization using continuous improvement and gaming methods, visual display tools, and implementation of mobility safe patient handling champion program.

Objectives – After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review the imperative for standard practice changes that promote mobility and safe patient handling
  • Describe an improvement idea tested to promote mobility and safe patient handling
  • Discuss lessons learned and ideas to advance


Meet the Speakers


Rosemary B. Field, MS, APRN-AOCNS
Extensive experience as oncology clinical nurse specialist in Commission on Cancer and NCI-designated cancer centers in academic and community settings. Areas of specialization include: adult medical-surgical oncology, supportive care, advanced practice nursing, program planning, management and evaluation, patient, staff, undergraduate and graduate nursing education; clinical care models and patient-provider communication.

Received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of the Philippines; Master of Science in Adult-Physiologic Nursing from University of Utah in 1988.  Specialized in the care of the oncology patient population since 1980 as Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1979- 2004.  Practiced as an ambulatory care CNS with the University of Virginia Health System from 2004- 2008 the position she held prior to joining Cleveland Clinic. Joined Cleveland Clinic in 2008 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Marymount Hospital.

Areas of interest include: safe patient handling and mobility, shared decision making, preventative ethics, ethics education and ethics program development and evaluation.

Mallory Sovacool, BSN, RN-BC
With 12 years of medical-surgical nursing experience, Mallory has taken on a new role as nurse manager of a 33-bed medical surgical unit with a specialty focus of caring for patients in need of peritoneal dialysis. Involvement in system changes to improve patient care and RN engagement include: facilitation of nursing research, standardizing mobility and patient safe-handling practice, designing retention programs and applying continuous improvement strategies to address practice problems.

Areas of interest include: leadership theory and practices; staff advocacy, peritoneal dialysis care and continuous quality improvement

Julie Kocon, BSN, RN
Julie is the current chair of Marymount Hospital’s Nursing Practice council and has recently completed Magnus, 3-month empowerment experience designed to strengthen leadership qualities in clinical leadership.



Annie Jackson RN, BSN
Annie has received numerous awards and recognition for the caliber of nursing care provided to patients and their families. She has been a nurse for 5 years and in this time she has led her unit in clinical improvements to promote mobility. She has been an advocate for implementing evidence-based practice of older adults as her unit’s Geriatric Resource Nurse. She is exploring the world of perioperative nursing.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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