Strategies and Benefits of Early Ambulation
Early mobilization as a philosophy of care
Nancy Nathenson presents "Strategies and Benefits of Early Mobilization for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient." Starting with the premise that early mobilization is a philosophy of care, not just a setting, you will learn about:
- The multi-factorial impact of bed rest on the mechanically ventilated patient
- Identifying strategies of early ambulation for mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU to improve patient outcomes
- The potential benefits of early mobilization of mechanically ventilated ICU patients
This course is AARC accredited for 1 CEU under the Adult Acute Care (AAC) category.
Nancy A. Nathenson, RRT, is a registered respiratory therapist and educator with more than 35 years of experience, ranging from ICU to rehabilitation. Her experience has included direct patient care across the healthcare continuum. Nancy served in leadership roles in the ICU as the RT Clinical Critical Care Specialist and as Pulmonary Program Manager in the rehabilitation setting. In her current role as Respiratory Therapy Education Coordinator at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE, Nancy develops programs, provides continuing education, training and competencies for respiratory therapists and the interdisciplinary team. In her experience she has noted the gaps between levels of care. Bridging those gaps with an early mobility model can bring about a more enriching experience for clinicians and enhance the experience for patients and families while improving patient and financial outcomes. A pioneer and leader in population health management, Nancy develops strategies that are evidence based, community led, and linked across professional domains. She specializes in addressing key clinical outcomes and providing tools for safe, culturally competent, socially and economically equitable care.