The Revision of a Workload Measurement Tool to Reflect the Nursing Needs of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury


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Rehabilitation for persons with head injuries is a multifaceted process that requires structure, consistency, and predictability. This article discusses the process followed by nurses on one rehabilitation unit to revise a standard nursing workload measurement tool to reflect the physical, cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial needs of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Family education and support, a critical component of care, was also addressed. The flexibility of the tool, known as GRASP, allowed the incorporation of neurobehavioral items based on the Rancho Los Amigos cognitive functioning scale and the inclusion of important therapeutic nursing interventions. The revised tool reflects the time required to deliver comprehensive nursing care to TBI patients and, thus, promotes the desired rehabilitation outcomes for patients and their families.