A survey of patients showed that more than 40% of them showed improved health literacy after viewing the visual aids, which used pictures like a wine bottle marked with an "X" over it to tell patients to avoid drinking, reports Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily.
"It's about evidence-based practice," says Bradley. "Using current knowledge and current research and helping us modify our practices."
According to the Baylor website, the ASPIRE program "empowers our nurses to continue to develop expertise in caring for specific patient populations in a track of their choice." After getting approval for their projects—which range from decreasing patient falls, to decreasing urinary tract infections, to improving the continuum of care and patient handoffs from OR to ICU—nurses have up to a year to implement and complete them, applying research and learning to their real-world work.
Participants then must create and submit a portfolio with evidence of their work and submit it to a panel for review based on established criteria for each level of the program. Successful completion of the project qualifies nurses for the bonus.
Participating in ASPIRE, however, doesn't need to end at a single project for nurses. The program has several levels, each of which qualifies participants for different size bonuses. For example, the nurse colleague-level award provides a small bonus for successful completion, whereas the nurse mentor- and nurse leader-levels award more, according to the program's website.