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Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Julie Slack


The purpose of this research was to identify the causes of boarding in the emergency department (ED), look into the resulting effects in which an overcrowded ED may create, and lastly, delve into potential interventions and solutions to counter the factors which create the issue of boarding. Boarding in an ED is a trending topic an dis relevant to healthcare and can be a factor in life or death. research methods included a in-depth literature review of nursing journals, medical journals, systematic reviews, and cross-sectional studies found via CINAHL and PubMed. Results showed that periods of boarding and a longer length of stay resulted in higher mortality and adverse patient outcomes. Interventions mentioned included more efficient coordination of care, higher staff to patient ratios, and quicker test results and transport times.

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Nursing Commons