First Advisor

Cullen, Patricia L.


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

31 pages


Executive Summary Long-term care (LTC) facilities have historically created an institutionalized environment for their residents which have been shown to decrease quality of life and decrease nursing job satisfaction within those facilities (Koren, 2010). This paper outlines a single implementation study of a person-centered care model in a long-term care facility. The goal of this implementation was to not only change the practice from a medical model to a person-centered care model but to positively impact nursing job satisfaction. This implementation took place at a long-term care facility in The State of Oregon. This study included an educational intervention, as well as practice change at the bedside and used pre and post job satisfaction surveys to measure nursing job satisfaction. The person-centered model of care was chosen because it was not only the model of care the nurses desired to implement but also gave nursing staff the foundation, knowledge and tools to move practice away from the traditional medical model of care thus improving resident quality of life and personal job satisfaction (Jones, 2011). The Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome model (PICO) used for this project was as follow: Population: Nursing staff in a long-term care setting, Intervention: Implementation of person-centered care model, Comparison: Current medical model of practice, Outcome: Improved job satisfaction among nursing staff. The sample size for this project was 17 nursing staff members both pre and post implementation. This study consisted of two phases over a 6-month time period. The results of this study showed a positive improvement in nursing job satisfaction over a six-month time period.

Date of Award

Fall 2015

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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