A Nurse-Led Approach to Preventing Pressure Ulcers


  • Tracey L. Yap PhD RN,

    Assistant Professor and Deputy DirectorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Tracey L. Yap, PhD RN, is an assistant professor and deputy director of nursing at the NIOSH Educational Research Center at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.

  • Susan M. Kennerly PhD RN

    Associate ProfessorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Susan M. Kennerly, PhD RN, is an associate professor at College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.


This article discusses a nurse-led multidisciplinary approach that care providers can use to reduce pressure ulcers (PUs) within their organizations. Given the current understanding of PU etiology and prevention, evidence-based prevention protocols and pressure-relief strategies serve as critical foundational principles that must be applied to significantly influence PU prevalence and incidence. Because nursing plays an important role in rehabilitation facility management, nurses' expertise, leadership, and knowledge make nursing the most appropriate discipline to design protocols, implement innovative solutions, and lead the charge for PU prevention.