Date of Award

Fall 12-24-2019

Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Program Affiliation

Nurse Educator (NE)

First Advisor

Kris Hendrickx


Implementation of early mobility protocols in the intensive care unit has been well documented to prevent multiple complications associated with prolonged immobility and to improve patient outcomes. Expectations to implement evidence-based healthcare is growing and the most difficult steps in the process is education and implementation, and it is often left to busy nursing leaders who may be unprepared for the challenge. The literature provides little direction for nurses regarding when to use specific educational strategies when implementing an early mobility protocol, especially amongst the interdisciplinary team. The purpose of this paper is to create an evidence-based education plan for the interdisciplinary team when implementing an early mobility protocol. This template provides a strategic approach to guide effective education strategies for the interdisciplinary team to improve collaboration and care coordination in clinical practice. Literature search included CINAHL, PubMEd, EBSCOhost and Cochrane databases. Twenty-one sources were retained to contribute evidence to the template.

Keywords: early mobility protocol, education, education strategies, interdisciplinary team education, implementation, implementation strategies, Iowa Evidence Based Practice Model.

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Nursing Commons