Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Katherine Baumgartner


The Minnesota Department of Public Health cited unintentional falls as the leading cause of unjury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths for Minnesotans aged 65 and older. The purpose of this project was to implement the evidence-based older adult falls prevention program Stepping On for community-dwelling older adults. This was accomplished by creating strategic partnerships between Transcultural Nurse Leaders, Faith Community Nurses, and other community stakeholders. The project was grounded on Rosemarie Parse's Human Becoming Theory. The Older Adult Fall Prevention Sunflower Model illustrates the interrelationships of the core concepts for the project. This active approach is also in alignment Parse's theory which stresses the value of co-participative and person-centered nursing. Using this theory allows nurses to walk alongside older adults to openly explore all aspect of falls and assist them to create an action plan to prevent them from occurring. Addressing fall prevention for older adults is a nursing challenge that will require a collaborative teamwork approach that is both interdisciplinary and inter-professional. This project advanced nursing by providing the nurse leader with the tools needed to implement the evidence-based injury prevention education program for community-dwelling older adults. It also provides a framework that will facilitate collaboration with other healthcare expers and community-based organizations to form strategic partnerships that will reach older adults and prevent falls.


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