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Regional One Health Partnership

This academic partnership is funded by a grant from Tennessee Promise of Nursing. The partnership’s goal is to use classroom education and simulation to teach nurses and other healthcare staff to defuse potentially violent situations using verbal de-escalation techniques.

De-escalation training sessions continue and are organized by Kimberly A. Smith, MSN, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist. The instriument that has been used to assess the training outcomes is Training Assessment: The Confidence in Coping with Patient Aggression (CCWPA).

Since the program's inception, 359 Regional One nurses and staff have successfully completed training. UTHSC has also integrated the training into the undergraduate nursing curriculum, and the confidence level in coping with aggressive patients showed statistically significant improvement.

College of Nursing Dean Wendy Likes, Ph.D., DNSc, ARNP-BC, FAANP, and Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Sara Day, PhD, RN, FAAN,  presented results of training at the THA meeting on August 29, 2019, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. An abstract was submitted to the 2019 THA Leadership Summit and was accepted for oral presentation. They have also submitted a grant proposal to THA to provide de-escalation training to hospitals throughout the Mid-South area and Jackson, TN. 

To learn more about this program,  please call or email Dr. Sara Day at 901.930.8007 orsday5@uthsc.edu.

Last Published: Nov 6, 2019