Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctor of Nursing Practice Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Katrice Ziefle


Doctor of Nursing Practice


A practice discrepancy exists regarding the quality of care provided for non-obstetrical abdominal surgery versus cesarean section. The lack of consistent care practices for similar surgeries has led to inequities in access for obstetrical patients. The advantaged population receives additional education, demonstration, and support through best practices in postoperative care techniques. Incorporating physical therapy techniques into the postoperative plan of care reduces the formation of intrabdominal adhesions, lessens pain, and minimizes postoperative dysfunction (Wong et al., 2015). A quality improvement project was implemented to improve nursing knowledge on post-surgical movement, scar mobilization, skin desensitization, and abdominal binders for patients experiencing cesarean section. Obstetrical nurses participated in a 30-minute educational session that included completing a survey before and after the intervention. The educational sessions effectively increased nurses' knowledge and perceptions of best practices in postoperative care for patients experiencing cesarean section. Consequently, nursing units providing postoperative postpartum care are urged to collaborate with physical therapy to enhance recovery and reduce complications by implementing best practices in abdominal surgery recovery to the obstetrical, surgical population.

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