Alden rehab centers to participate in study

Staff Report

Two rehab centers in Rockford — Alden Debes and Alden Park Strathmoor — have been selected by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to participate in an innovative, multi-state study aimed at improving patient care. The study evaluates the effect of a standardized training program for newly-licensed nurses on patient safety and quality outcomes.

I am very proud that Alden Debes was selected to participate in this national study,” said Georgette Parent, Alden Debes administrator. “The council selected us based on our strong leadership skills and the fact that we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of nursing practice.”

Participants in the NCSBN study will implement a formal “Transition to Practice” program of active learning, which will be compared with a “control group.”

Our goal is to see if there is an improvement in patient safety, quality outcomes and nursing retention by implementing the NCSBN’s model for transitioning new nurses into the workplace,” said Jodi Wubbena, Alden Park Strathmoor administrator.

In Phase I of the “Transition to Practice Study” (TTPS), newly-licensed registered nurses (RNs) are evaluated in hospital settings. Phase II follows newly-licensed RNs and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who work in settings other than hospitals such as long-term care and rehabilitation facilities like Alden.

Phase II evaluates whether participation in a standardized “Transition to Practice” program improves patient safety, leads to higher quality outcomes and improves nurse retention in health care settings other than hospitals. The second phase began in April and runs through Oct. 31.

The NCSBN study is unique in that it examines actual patient outcomes. Previous studies of new nurse transition programs have focused on retention rates, new nurse satisfaction, preceptor satisfaction and nurse perceptions of competence and confidence — but not actual patient outcomes.

Alden Debes and Alden Park Strathmoor offer short-term orthopedic recovery and post-acute services. Alden Debes is at 6141 Elaine Drive, and Alden Park Strathmoor is at 5668 Strathmoor Drive. For more information, visit

From the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2012, issue

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